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This question & answer column is intended to provide information about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program, not legal or medical advice. We are not affiliated with the AZDHS who administers the program.
Science says cannabis (aka marijuana) in its natural raw plant form is a whole food. How as a society did we get so far from the truth that the life of a person is destroyed in the Justice system if caught with this plant food?
According to the Science Channel, “Science always wins”! The science is available, please educate yourself.
Mesa, Arizona. Science of Cannabis Summit May 17, 2015, taught attendees that marijuana is a whole food. Dr. William Courtney and Dr. Dustin Salek, both have documented a great deal about the use of cannabis as food and medicine from the perspective of the raw plant. Also one can read the article, “Cannabis as a Super Food” by Regina Nelson PhD in Ladybud magazine from 2014.
Mom Force AZ prints a small booklet Understanding Cannabis, “It’s Not Naughty – It’s Natural” and it explains a lot.
A special thank you to Kathy Inman the Director of MomForceAZ for permitting me to share the following:
The History of Cannabis Prohibition
All of our lives we have been told marijuana is a bad drug, and it has been kept illegal as a matter of public safety. Here is a short tale of facts that transpired, and you decide.
In 1916 the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its findings regarding hemp as a paper making material in USDA Bulletin 404. It would not be long until hemp would be the next “fiber of our lives.”
Those with power and influence in that day were in the paper, oil, and chemical businesses. You might recognize their names: Hearst, Rockefeller, and Dupont. These businessmen had a banker with interest in their success named Andrew Mellon, and he held the position of Secretary of the Treasury. With hemp in line to be the next “Billion Dollar Crop” according to the latest Popular Mechanics magazine, these folks knew they needed to take action to protect their investments.
They knew hemp material could replace almost all of the items that were currently being manufactured from paper, oil, and chemicals. All of the clothing, plastics, nylon, paints, building materials, and more that were then made of toxic substances could be created from all-natural, renewable, recyclable hemp fibers.
Andrew Mellon appointed his nephew, Harry Anslinger, to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, now known as the DEA. Without Congressional approval, they drafted and passed the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Disguising it as “marijuana” a slang term used in Mexico, those in power were able to pass this by those who only knew it as “cannabis.” It taxed cannabis at a rate of about $100 an ounce, thereby making paper, oil, and chemicals more affordable options.
The American Medical Association fought back when it heard the news, but when doctors began to lose their licenses from administering cannabis to patients, the use subsided. The only information the public was given was through the Hearst newspapers and its’ Reefer Madness” campaign.
The American farmer should have been able to work this environmentally sound resource for generations. But with just one source of media in the 30’s, it was easy to paint a bad picture of this substance. So instead, everything has been made of oil, chemicals, and paper, giving us deforestation, air and water pollution, and the very illnesses they will not allow us to treat naturally.
Anslinger remained the head of DEA until the mid-1960s. In 1970 came the Controlled Substance Act, which labeled cannabis a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Note that President Nixon signed this Act against the recommendations of his staff.
In recent years, despite the Federal classification of cannabis as a schedule 1, voters in many states (37) have supported state-level legislation that permits regulated cannabis for medical use. (Some states are on their 17th year with a medical marijuana program).
The History of Cannabis as a Utility
Hemp is the utilitarian cousin of the medicinal cannabis plant and had been used the past 10,000 years for most materials prior to prohibition.
Historical uses of Hemp
- Animal feed, bedding, cloth, building materials, flour, food, and medicine.
- Fabric of the first American Flag.
- The paper used to write the Declaration of Independence.
- Paper used to print US currency until 1800s.
- In the 1600s, it was mandatory for Jamestown farmers to grow hemp.
- George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had hemp farms.
- During World War II in 1942, the US Government encouraged farmers to grow hemp, due to a shortage of imports, through a film called, “Hemp for Victory.”
History of Cannabis as Medicine
Medicinal cannabis had been used for thousands of years prior to prohibition. Eli Lily, Parke Davis and others sold tincture (liquid marijuana) as a mainstream pain remedy.
- Queen Elizabeth used cannabis tincture for her menstrual cramps.
- The American Medical Association fought the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, but doctors who spoke out began to lose their licenses, keeping others from coming forward.
- The Controlled Substance Act of 1970 solidified the fate of medical cannabis, classifying it a Schedule 1 controlled substance with no acceptable medical value.
- The US government holds a patent for Cannabis as a Neuroprotectant and Antioxidant and has been supplying a handful of Americans with medical marijuana through the Federal Medical Marijuana Program for decades.
- The US government owns 17 patents total and know from science that marijuana as a medicine certainly does have healing properties.
Extensive history is available at the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute websites. Search Cannabis.
Reefer Madness, Cheech and Chong, even the 70’s Show has showed us deceptive ideas about cannabis as a medicine. It is about using the smallest effective dose, cannot cause death because your body only absorbs its limit and no more. If you are not treating an injury or disease at the very least it protects you from all diseases.
Truth is in the Science: Our bodies have a system for receiving the medicine in cannabis, called the Endocannabinoid System. It runs throughout our body, complete with cannabinoid receptors. (Cannabinoids are the healing properties of the Cannabis plant).
Chemical compounds in marijuana fit like keys into receptors on cells all over the human body. Not just the human body but all vertebra, mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles. The receptors serve as keyholes to chemicals produced within the human body, and they control processes ranging from pain and thought, to inflammation and the immune system.
It is time to look at science and obtain the TRUTH and stop the propaganda created by the War on Drugs campaign. A Maricopa County Public Defender recently told me to this day the Justice System prosecutes a marijuana offence the same as a heroine and meth offense-regardless of how much or how little you have in your possession. A person’s entire future and life is destroyed when you get a felony conviction, even marijuana.
MomForceAZ says, “With the Federal Schedule 1 grouping of Heroine, Meth, and Marijuana our children and young adults are confused thinking they are the same, without realizing you can die from Heroine and Meth and many do.
I say: Stop the needless suffering and arrests of our loved ones and allow them the opportunity get well and employed using natural resources like hemp and cannabis to stay healthy. If you are using marijuana please obtain your patient ID card to give yourself some protection.
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