Pubdate: Tue, 21 Nov 2006
Source: Columbian, The (WA)
Copyright: 2006 The Columbian Publishing Co.
Author: Allan Erickson


As a representative of the Drug Policy Forum of Oregon, I can attest
to the fact that as cannabis research continues, we find more
medically viable uses for this ancient friend of humanity. This
research is carried out mostly on foreign soil because the U.S.
government will not fund studies looking for positive aspects to
cannabis. There are many medical uses for cannabis. Recent findings
show cannabis may be effective in stopping or slowing memory loss in
Alzheimer's patients. Cannabis is useful in treating multiple
sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, in treating the nausea of cancer and
HIV patients who rely on heavy toxic pharmaceutical regimens and many
other conditions.

Even the Drug Enforcement Administration's own administrative law
judge, Francis Young, stated in 1988 that cannabis "in its natural
form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to

Allan Erickson

Eugene, Ore.
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