Pubdate: Fri, 08 Sep 2006
Source: Jamaica Gleaner, The (Jamaica)
Copyright: 2006 The Gleaner Company Limited
Author: Wayne Phillips


The Editor, Sir:

Contrary to the assertions made in 'Dangers of ganja widely ignored',
Dr. Daniele Piomelli, a professor of pharmacology at the University of
California, Irvine, was recently quoted as saying he had "never met a
scientist who would say that marijuana is either dangerous or useless."

Since 1969, government-appointed commissions in the United States,
Canada, England, Australia, and the Netherlands, after reviewing the
scientific evidence, concluded that marijuana's dangers had previously
been greatly exaggerated. These were the findings of London, England,
U.K. Home Office, March 2002.

True today

Apparently, this is still true today. An article entitled, 'More
Suppression of Marijuana Research' by Fred Gardner April 22, 2006,
CounterPunch (US Web),
further describes how honest research such as M. Dreher's 'Jamaican
Pregnancy Study' is still being impeded.

'Dangers of ganja widely ignored' neither cites sources nor offers any
validation whatsoever. The infomercial presented was probably garnered
from the DEA and ONDCP disinformation propaganda sites.

I am, etc.,

Wayne Phillips,

Hamilton, Ontario,

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