Cannabis is a proven treatment for the symptoms and side effects of many diseases and health disorders. It has been for thousands of years. Anecdotal accounts suggest it's cured some illnesses and can be bred or refined to cure others.
Medical research has long been delayed because of government restrictions that prevented university and business research on plants that were legal for more than 150 years in this country.
Racial discrimination was the major reason touted to justify the national prohibition on cannabis in the 1930s and racial minorities in this country have - ever since - been heavily targeted by the US justice system. It is a national disgrace and indefensible in any civil society.
Cold War propaganda, discrimination against the hemp trade, and other political footballs have also been tossed at those who seek its comforts. It alleviates pain,inflammation, spasms, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, glaucoma and nausea (especially proving useful for medical patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer).
It has provided amazing resultsfor some childhood epilepsy sufferers, may be useful for people with arthritis, atheriosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimers and other degenerative neurological disorders, and research has shown that it can inhibit and shrink some cancerous tumor growths. Initial studies indicate a positive impact on brain, blood, breast, colorectal, prostate, skin and several types of lung cancers. It is not a cure-all, but is widely recognized as one of the most versatile natural treatments in medical history.
It remains outside of the standard physician's arsenal without any logical or scientific support to sustain its criminalization any longer. Twenty-three states have legalized it for medicinal use and every two years more follow suit.
The US government still classifies it with the highly addictive heroin and the non-addictive LSD as the most dangerous of drugs with no proven medical use. The majority of US citizens do not agree and are no longer buying the discredited claims, nor the casualties of its ineffective, destructive and deadly drug war.
Okay, pardner, let's head on out to the good ol' Fu-Bar Ranch.