Surely the federal government has better things to do than harass desperately ill people seeking relief under their states’ medical marijuana laws.
Angel Raich is ill - very ill. She’s subject to severe, debilitating pain from an inoperable brain tumor and more than a dozen other ailments, including a chronic wasting condition. Without effective medication, she can’t walk, play with her children or sleep.
There was bad news yesterday on two of the country’s heaviest addictions: alcohol and cannabis.
New figures on cannabis seizures will come as no surprise to the many people who advised the Government against loosening the law on possession of the drug. Since the Government re-classified cannabis in January of this year, the number of people caught with cannabis by the Metropolitan Police has risen by a third - suggesting a substantial increase in those using it.
The human brain naturally produces and processes compounds closely related to those found in Cannabis sativa, better known as marijuana. See “The Brain’s Own Marijuana,” by Roger A. Nicoll and Bradley E. Alger. These compounds are called endogenous cannabinoids or endocannabinoids. As the journal Nature Medicine put it in 2003, “the endocannabinoid system has an important role in nearly every paradigm of pain, in memory, in neurodegeneration and in inflammation.” The journal goes on to note that cannabinoids’ “clinical potential is enormous.” That potential may include treatments for pain, nerve injury, the nausea associated with chemotherapy, the wasting related to AIDS and more.
The benefits of marijuana usage should be enough for legalization.
On most issues affecting the U.S. and Canada, Paul Cellucci is a model of common sense. Despite our differences over things like same-sex marriage and lumber, he says, what sets us apart is only that “Canada is a little more liberal than the United States; the United States is a little more conservative.”
Medicinal marijuana is just fine with Ann Arbor residents.
The problem with grow houses isn’t that they produce marijuana, but how they produce marijuana. First of all, they use amateur electricians to steal power. Not only does this drive up hydro rates for those of us not growing weed, using an amateur electrician to hook up your hydro is about as wise as letting an amateur brain surgeon remove a tumour from your frontal lobe. The combination of suspect wiring and the intense humidity created by having hundreds, and sometimes thousands of plants crammed together in a small space makes grow houses first-class fire traps.
Allowing the use of marijuana under medical supervision by patients with certain medical conditions.
Our position: Yes
Before getting all hyped up about the big “M” word - yes, marijuana - rest assured this is not a case radically calling for its complete legalization. Far from it.
Mr. President: In the eyes of the public, I am an all-American tough guy, a former naval intelligence officer, a motivational speaker and a TV talk show host. I am beamed into the homes of millions of people around the globe each weekday. I urge individuals and family members to do better, to be better. But there is another side to my story.
Police Sgt. Thomas Donegan was in court one day last January awaiting the appearance of two men he had arrested for possession of marijuana. Neither man showed up. A warrant was issued for one, but the other’s case was dismissed.
The way things are going in Quebec, nobody should be surprised to see the emergence of some kind of fall equivalent of the spring sugaring-off ritual, to mark this province’s annual pot harvest. At the very least, this weekend’s two-part Gazette series on marijuana cultivation should give pause to legislators who have been slow to grasp the urgent need for clarification of the legal uncertainties surrounding this drug.
It’s marijuana harvesting season again and already the complaints are coming in to the county’s air quality district about the skunky smells wafting through local neighborhoods.
Legalizing the medical use of marijuana is not really a liberal issue or a conservative issue. It’s an issue about injecting some compassion - and rationality - into the nation’s emotionally and politically charged war on drugs.
Thoughtful conservatives such as William F. Buckley are joining the call for sweeping reforms, including legalization, taxation and regulated sale of marijuana.
WHILE I do not condone the use of hard drugs, it did sadden me to read the plight of Colin Lindley (page 7) who uses cannabis as a means of pain relief.
You don’t swat flies with 16-pound sledge hammers. The hammer might kill the fly, but it will also do a lot of damage to the furniture.
A marijuana grow-op in Smiths Falls has done all Canadians a favour by focusing a bright light on the federal government’s flagrant violation of the rule of law in its handling of medical marijuana.
Claims by politicians and police that we need tougher drug-law enforcement to stop Canadian marijuana flooding the United States have become pretty much conventional wisdom. It’s time that changed.
Like ice cream or lip gloss, you can get marijuana in different flavors these days—cherry, mango, grape or a legendary blueberry first popularized in the 1970s. And that is only one thing that is different about the illegal drug that baby boomers are rediscovering.
The Ninth and 10th amendments to the Constitution—forming the capstones to the Bill of Rights—are clear.