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Cannabis needs to be legalized

19 September 2012, 14:45

Why have we gone back to medieval times?

500+ years ago a large portion of Europe slaved under oppression and bought into propaganda under fear of persecution from the inquisitions for what they believed in. Some of our ancestors were burnt at the stake for what they believed in and for going against the system...

The world is no longer flat...

Seriously. Have we not learned from history that you can't just put belief behind something because the majority or rulers say so? What kind of a society have we become that we have stopped asking questions thinking we know it all?

Yesterday I discussed in a closed group on Facebook about the possibility of a cure for cancer in cannabis, but was met with an angry wall of resistance against this despite plenty of gathered documentaries/resources that clearly support that a cure for (my/the group's) type of cancer could lie in cannabis.

There is so much propaganda ans stigma attached to this and I have simply had enough to the point where I am compelled to explain a bit more about this:

Propaganda around cannabis

I don't see the point really in discussing this, the war around drugs is futile and I am speaking as someone who has taken illegal and legal drugs. The only drugs that I have ever had to wash my hands after usage for was not Cannabis, but Temozolomide. Since my diagnosis with a brain tumor in 2010 and my coma, I have had stuff given to me that has pages of side effects (too long to write here) including: Morphine, Diprovan, Temozolomide, Epilim, Stesolid and more! All legal, all lethal and all engineered by the some of the wealthiest companies in the world. The point being that how can anyone tell me after all this that using cannabis oil (not smoking it) is (more) risky to my health than all this?

The war on drugs and the USA

Almost everything to do with drugs whether legal or illegal is determined by the USA. Few countries break away from the standards set by the WHO when it comes to cancer treatment(s) which are usually trialed, developed and tested in the USA and distributed globally. Few countries differ in what they set as illegal drugs.

The most shocking point about the illegal drugs is the fruitless dug war that has lead to overcrowded prisons (some of which are privately funded and registered on stock exchanges) and clearly discriminates along the racial line.

Cannabis is the gateway drug!

Probably because it doesn't live up to the monster that it is labelled as. How ironic is it that many youths who experiment with cannabis and cope with it's few side effects turn to other drugs like crystal meths thinking: "Well cannabis wasn't the monster they said it would be, so surely this isn't that bad either." 

Our bodies are designed to tolerate and accept cannabis!

Science has shown that our bodies have numerous receptors for cannabis, meaning that we have 'locks' throughout our bodies that are unlocked by cannabanoid particles and only them (unless they are able o engineer something in a lab):

Studies have shown that cannabis may cure some cancers!

Specifically related to my brain tumor, a university in Spain in recent years published findings on studies in mice:

But because cannabis is illegal

There is a stigma around using this plant even in medicine and drug companies find it hard to get through mountains of paper work to even just look at using cannabis in testing and development. More importantly the illegal drug trade around cannabis has resulted in executions of innocents in some countries for sometimes minute possession of the substance and has led to thousands being killed in places like Mexico where illegal drug cartels have flourished and developed into gangs that partake in far worse offenses such as paid assassinations and human trafficking. It is not the users that fueled this, but the laws around the substance that make it lucrative for gangs to trade in and risky for traffickers.

Cannabis can't be patented

The significance again is that as a plant that grows almost everywhere, drug companies don't look into it's benefits because they will make little profits from it.

This has further lead to the stigmatization that cannabis is nothing but a weed that is all nasty with no benefits. Despite the other usages that it may have with regards to fuel and textile industries.

Why cannabis needs to be legalized...

It remains a plant as God put it here to be and just like Opium it may have numerous uses in medicine and elsewhere that far outweigh the negatives.

Besides isn't it time that the world break away from this one-size-fit-all set of rules? Apparently South Africa was one of leaders in getting cannabis listed as a dangerous substance.

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Final words

Marijuana in it's current form remains illegal, but only because we as a society allow such laws to prevail with inaction and complacency. I would hate to think anyone else with any medical disease, is being denied a potential life-saving treatment, because we have some draconian laws.

Whilst we're not living in the 1500's, we live in fear around a weed because of the stigma and many people believe that cannabis is all bad, just like the world was thought to be flat. At least in the 1500's people fought for what they believed in.

PS. Tomatoes and Avocados are not vegetables, but fruits! 

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