Pubdate: Mon, 05 May 2003
Source: Racine Journal Times, The (WI)
Copyright: 2003, The Racine Journal Times
Author: Dr. Robert J. Melamede


The federal government appears to be unable to get sound scientific advice 
from the peer-reviewed professional literature regarding medical marijuana. 
I am concerned. I see two choices. They are incompetent or they have an 
agenda that overrides their concern for suffering citizens.

All aspects of our health are regulated by the marijuana-like compounds 
known as endocannabinoids. Every time Ashcroft gets hungry his body makes 
endocannabinoids that give him the munchies. If he had a stroke, or simply 
as he ages, they help protect his brain from damage. If he had a heart 
attack, they would help repair his heart. They protect him from pain. They 
protect him from immune disorders. If he is lucky enough to get by with 
what his body produces, why does he deny those who need more, what he uses 
every day?

Dr. Robert J. Melamede

Chairman, Biology Department, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.
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