Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jun 2005
Source: Springfield News-Leader (MO)
Copyright: 2005 The Springfield News-Leader
Author: Carl Smith


Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore was an obvious choice to write the
"con" opinion against medical cannabis, joining other politicians, law
enforcement and urine collectors who continue to perpetuate myths to keep
their cash cow fed. The newest drug warrior mantra is "smoking marijuana is
not medicine." They're trying to extrapolate the proven dangers of tobacco
with cannabis without any proof that cannabis has ever caused a single case
of cancer. As far back as 1975, studies showed that cannabis fights cancer
by promoting programmed cell death (apoptosis) and by cutting off the blood
supply to tumors.

Vaporization of cannabis eliminates all of the tar and carcinogens caused by
combustion, allowing a safe, rapid and thus easily adjustable delivery of
medicine. This is especially beneficial to somebody who's vomiting and can't
swallow a $25 synthetic Tetrahydrocannabinol capsule.

Mr. Moore and the other pro-prison ideologists know about vaporizers. That's
why vaporizers are illegal to possess and why prohibitionists repeat
"smoking marijuana is not medicine" ad nauseam.

The recently discovered endogenous cannabinoid system plays a major role in
most functions of the human body. Cannabis is the only plant containing

Knowing this, why has the government consistently blocked research on this
miraculous plant? The cash says "moo."

Carl Smith, Ozark
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