Question: “Why isn’t marijuana legal?” Answer: follow the money…
So why isn’t marijuana legal? Back in the day, money used to flow from a brown paper bag in some dark back alley of some nameless city. From there, to a crooked city or state official who would then pass a law in your favor. Today, that shaky politician is still there, but now the money flows from a different source. from the powers that be, to special interest groups or Political Action Committees. These lobbyists will then buy our politicians, who will pass laws in the name of “save the children…”
Buying Senators and Congressman is a sport in D.C.
Since the 2018 Presidental campaign, big Pharma invested a total of $1.6M in buying 185 Democratic Senators and $3.3M in the Democratic House of Representatives. On the Republican side, they invested a total of $7.0M buying 209 Senators and a whopping $4.9M in the Republican House. The credit for this data is Lydia Zurow/Kaiser Health News. The Source: K
The Anti-Pot interest…
When you shake the proverbial “anti-legalization of marijuana tree,” out pops the familiar confederation of anti-pot interests. These interest groups have a financial stake in the status quo. They include law enforcement agencies, pharmaceutical firms, and nonprofits funded by federal drug-prevention grants. Should we mention a sleazeball politician or two? Knowing all this, the question still begs, “Why is Marijuana illegal?”
Protecting Corporate Wealth
I strongly believe that cannabis prohibition is not about protecting health, it’s about protecting corporate wealth. As early as 1974, the Medical College of Virginia reported that cannabis psychoactive component THC, slowed the growth of lung cancer, breast cancers and virus-induced leukemia in lab mice, prolonging their lives by as much as 50%. The National Institutes of Health funded the study, tasking the college with finding evidence that cannabis damages the immune system. The study instead found that THC slowed the growth of these three types of cancers. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) quickly shut down the Virginia study and all research was halted.
Have we made strides in studies?
Move forward to today. Patients do report many benefits of CBD, from relieving insomnia, anxiety, spasticity, and pain to treating potentially life-threatening conditions such as epilepsy. One particular form of childhood epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome is almost impossible to control but responds dramatically to a CBD-dominant strain of marijuana called Charlotte’s Web. The videos of this are dramatic. The strain is named after Charlotte Figi, a young girl (born in 2006) who suffers from Dravet Syndrome.
Once Charlotte started her treatment with medical cannabis, the results were incredible. Within her first week of treatment, Charlotte suffered no seizures at all. The medicine she receives is an extract made from Charlotte’s Web strain. This strain is rich in CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which accounts for roughly 40% of the plants extract. Her story and the use of CBD got featured in a 2013 documentary by CNN called “Weed.” Since then, a lot has happened. Recent scientific studies have shown that CBD has great promise in helping patients like Charlotte find relief from their symptoms.
World Health Organization makes a move…
The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world. WHO is also moving to make clear that cannabidiol and CBD-focused preparations containing no more than 0.2 percent THC are “not under international control” at all. It had previously been the case that CBD wasn’t scheduled under the international conventions, but the new recommendation is to make that even more clear. Very exciting news.
Where do we go from here?
Let’s assume that only anecdotal evidence exists regarding the efficiency of cannabis oil treatment on cancerous tumors in patients. If that’s the case, then isn’t it fair to say that every cancer sufferer has the right to be informed about this, and be given the opportunity to at least try it? I do not believe that this would be a personal freedom issue but one of a fundamental human right. The right for each of these patients to seek to preserve their own life… It is almost criminal that our government refuses to accept the use of this miracle plant to be used as a treatment for these horrible diseases. Worst yet, to hide the information validating its medicinal properties and benefits. You tell me… why isn’t marijuana legal?