Pubdate: Wed, 22 Dec 2010
Source: Free Times (SC)
Copyright: 2010 Columbia NORML
Note: by Directors, Columbia NORML

We Love Pot; You Should, Too

Thanks for shedding some light on the recent USC research ("Scientists
Grapple over Marijuana's Effect on Immune System," Dec. 15).
Unfortunately, cannabis never gets the credit it deserves. This "drug"
is a proven source of medicine for countless ailments that currently
afflict our injured, disabled and elderly populations. Moreover, it is
completely safe for human use, in contrast to many commonly prescribed
medicines that Big Pharma is pumping out these days.

The mere activation of the endocannabinoid system positively affects
our overall health and well-being and can drastically improve the
quality of life for unwell individuals. Thanks to dedicated
researchers around the world, it is finally impossible to deny the
medicinal potential of the cannabis plant.

Still, more research needs to be done. While other states are finally
catching on, however, South Carolina is stuck in a hopeless War on
Weed. Additionally, cannabis is still federally classified as a
Schedule I drug with "no medicinal value." Strangely enough,
consumption of cannabis is still safer than alcohol and tobacco. The
public must unite if we want to see any progress toward cannabis
legalization for responsible adults.

What does South Carolina have to gain from a marijuana economy?
Additional tax revenue, prioritized law enforcement, an infinitely
profitable hemp industry, and a safe remedy for ailments that afflict
many South Carolinians.

Why are we ignoring the stoned elephant in the room?

Directors, Columbia NORML

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