Weeding Through The Cannabis Debate

To The Reader’s Forum:

It’s hard to voice an opinion these days without provoking partisanship but some powerful issues go beyond politics. Unfortunately, those bold topics are bound to provoke controversy. So please consider those personal piques and prejudices on the subject of medical cannabis.

We as a citizenry are about to belong to a union of states where close to half exist with their own laws regarding medical cannabis. Those laws can’t supersede the laws of our Nation but they do set an advanced principal of law that just makes sense to the voting constituency.

There was a public hearing in Buffalo regarding the Compassionate Care Act. As a matter of public record dozens of people offered heartbreaking testimony of their need for a legal solution to their suffering. Solutions for veterans suffering from PTSD, dravet syndrome, MS and several other neurological related disorders. This medicine from cannabis works for them. But because of a narrow minded agenda of politicians in the past they are prevented from getting it. This opinion piece doesn’t offer the resource in enough words to educate but Compassionate Care New York can, use the search engine of your preference.

The most vocal opposition seems to be concerned about allowing a product for sale that does not have FDA approval. You don’t need FDA approval to purchase Saint John’s Wort, Acai, Ginseng, Spearmint, or countless other natural herbs yet they’re sold right off of store shelves.

Here are a few things I do know, cannabis has been used as a medicine for over 5,000 years, the US government holds a patent on it’s positive effects as a medicine for treating dementia, Alzheimer decease and several others. The most effective medicine derived from cannabis has no psychoactive effects at all and it is a by-product of industrial hemp production. Yet even growing one industrial hemp plant is considered a violation of federal law, possession of a schedule 1 narcotic. Which in and of itself is a contradiction within our own system of government. The classification of a schedule 1 narcotic was reached because in the eyes of that branch of government it has no medicinal value.

So through all that befuddlement you, speaking to the voices of opposition, want us to wait for another step in the Federal government process to say it’s ok? Read your own patent 6,630,507, you created your own proof on October 7, 2003.

Tracy Stanton