Pubdate: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Copyright: 2011 Journal Sentinel Inc. Contact: http://www.jsonline.com/general/30627794.html Website: http://www.jsonline.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/265 Author: Gary Storck, Co-founder, Is My Medicine Legal YET? TIME TO REJECT THE HYPERBOLE AND HYSTERIA Regarding "Not a good choice for those in pain," when one's health is in question, we consult a health care professional, not law enforcement professionals such as Charles Wood (Your Opinions, Dec. 7). The truth is that in the 16 states and the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is now legal, the experience has been mostly positive. Fees from state medical cannabis programs have helped balance state budgets. California estimates it gets $100 million per year in state tax revenues from medical cannabis. Federal interference has been the biggest negative factor in fully implementing these laws. Recently, the governors of Rhode Island and Washington petitioned federal authorities to reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to a lower schedule to ease the federal-state conflicts. The American Medical Association supports cannabis rescheduling so research can be expedited. How can Wood continue to maintain the 42-year-old classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug with no medical use and a high potential for abuse is still valid despite literally tens of thousands of studies conducted in that time demonstrating the efficacy of medical cannabis? Currently, an Iraq or Afghani war veteran takes his or her own life every 80 seconds due to post-traumatic stress disorder. Medical cannabis has long been known as a remedy for PTSD. It's time to reject the hyperbole, the hysteria and the fear-mongering of the Capt. Woods of our state and give Wisconsin veterans, seniors, our sick, disabled and dying the right to legally access medical cannabis like any other medication. Gary Storck Co-founder, Is My Medicine Legal YET? Madison - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.