Ian Goddard (
Tue, 29 Oct 1996 17:21:45 -0500

In a few days, on Nov. 5th, California voters will vote on
Proposition 215. Prop 215 will end criminal penalties for
medical use of marijuana. Get the facts to friends in Calif:

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by Ian Williams Goddard

Of all governmental outrages, perhaps none is as
illogical, tyrannical, inhumane and fallacy founded
as is the prohibition of the god-given herb cannabis,
also know as "marijuana."

With a referendum for medical cannabis access on the
ballot in California, Proposition 215, politicians are
back in the news claiming once again that cannabis has
NO medical value and thus access to it must be barred
by force. The following freely flowing fountain of
facts lays this government funded pharmacological
fraud to rest forever.


Classified by the DEA as a "Schedule One" drug,
cannabis is defined as extremely dangerous possessing
NO KNOWN MEDICAL VALUE. This classification stands
in sharp contradiction to reality.

A Brief History of Medical Cannabis

For thousands of years prior to its prohibition in
the 20th century, cannabis was used as a medicine
throughout the world [1]. During the 19th century,
sold by major drug companies such as Eli Lilly,
Squibb, Parke-Davis, Smith Brothers, and Tildens,
the potent extract of cannabis was one of the
top three most prescribed medical agents in the
United States [2] [3].

Until the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, cannabis, being a
powerful topical analgesic, muscle relaxant, anti-
inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic agent, was found
in virtually all fistulas, corn and mustard plasters,
muscle ointments, and fibrosis poultices [3].

UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA listed cannabis until
1942 [4], after which it was removed under political
pressure. The U.S. PHARMACOPEIA recommended cannabis
for the treatment of over 100 illnesses, such as:
fatigue, fits of coughing, rheumatism, asthma,
delirium tremens, migraine headaches, and the cramps
and depression associated with menstruation [3].

UNITED STATES DISPENSATORY [5] also listed cannabis
as a useful medicine. The 1851 edition states:

The complaints in which it [cannabis] has
been specially recommended are neuralgia,
gout, rheumatism, tetanus, hyrdophobia,
epidemic cholera, convulsions, chorea,
hysteria, mental depression, delirium
tremens, insanity and uterine hemorrhage.

In 1890, Dr. J. Russell Reynolds, Fellow of the Royal
Society and the Physician in Order to Her Majesty's
Household, stated in the journal LANCET that cannabis
is ``one of the most valuable medicines we possess [4].''
He prescribed cannabis to Queen Victoria for PMS [3].

In 1898 Sir William Osler, Professor of Medicine at the
University of Oxford, stated that for migraine headaches,
cannabis ``is probably the most satisfactory remedy [6].''

The 1931 medical text, A MODERN HERBAL [7], states:

The principal use of Hemp in medicine is
for easing pain and inducing sleep, and for
soothing influences in nervous disorders.
It is useful in neuralgia, gout, rheumatism,
delirium tremens, insanity, infantile
convulsions, insomnia, etc.

The tincture helps parturition, and is used
in senile catarrh, gonorrhea, menorrhagia,
chronic cystitis and painful urinary
affections. An infusion of the seed is useful
in after pains and prolapsus uteri. The resin
may be combined with ointments [ to remedy ]
inflammatory and neuralgic complaints.

The "no known medical value" claim looks like yet
another govt Big Lie. However, as the text continues,
we can see that cannabis does have an "evil" downside:

It can produce an exhilarating intoxication...
hence its names ... 'increaser of pleasure,'
'cementer of friendship,' etc. [ god forbid ]

Medical Cannabis: the 20th Century

During the 20th century cannabis has been discovered
to be an effective treatment for many more ailments.
For example, based on major research, Dr. Van Sim
concluded that ``marijuana ... is probably the most
potent anti-epileptic known to medicine today [8].''
More powerful than standard anti-epileptic drugs,
cannabis totally eliminated epileptic seizures in
children not responding to legal drug therapies [9].

But of course, as our benevolent Drug Czars remind us,
healing the sick and aiding those who suffer could
"send the wrong message to children." Let the children
suffer and seizure in silence, just don't kill our
prison proliferating pot prohibition pogrom.

Dr. Robert Hepler, neuro-opthalmologist with the Jules
Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, published a major study
in 1971 demonstrating that cannabis lowers intraocular
pressure in the eyes [10]. Glaucoma, a leading cause
of blindness, is a condition in which intraocular
pressures build up causing optical damage. Cannabis
has been proven to reduce these pressures far better
than legal drugs, allowing glaucoma patients to keep
their vision so long as they use cannabis regularly.

Several of the eight patients who legally receive
cannabis from the govt under the compassionate IND
program do so for the treatment of glaucoma. Yet,
thanks to cannabis prohibition and the fact that no
more patients will be allowed into the compassionate
IND program, most glaucoma patients will be forced by
law to slowly go blind, all in the name of keeping
peaceful and productive people in prison.

Research at the Harvard Medical School published in
conclusively that cannabis is the most effective anti-
emetic, or anti-nausea, agent available. It has been
used in this regard to eliminate the violent nausea
and vomiting experienced by cancer patents undergoing
chemotherapy. Cancer ward workers have been known to
turn a blind-eye on cannabis smoking in the hospital.

Based on extensive anecdotal evidence, cannabis, with
its known appetite-stimulating effects -- described by
users as "getting the munchies" -- is known to counter
the "wasting syndrome" of full-blown AIDS. During this
syndrome an AIDS patient, loosing all appetite, quickly
loses weight in a free-fall to death. In case after
case, AIDS patients have totally reversed their weight
loss with the use of cannabis, snatching them from the
quickly closing jaws of death, giving them a powerful
fighting edge over this devastating disease.

Yet the Department of Health and Human Services, which
oversees the compassionate IND program, chose to slam
the door on hope by ending this program after receiving
a flood of cannabis-access requests from AIDS patients.

The DEA and other agencies funded studies at the
Medical College of Virginia looking for evidence that
cannabis causes health problems. Instead of finding
problems, the researchers made a breakthrough when
they discovered in 1975 that cannabis showed powerful
anti-tumor activity against both benign and malignant
tumors. The DEA and NIH quickly defunded the studies
and prohibited any future cannabis/tumor research [3].

In 1988 the DEA's own conservative judge, Francis
Young, after hearing medical testimony for 15 days
and reviewing hundreds of DEA and NIDA documents that
argued against medical cannabis, concluded that [3]:

``Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically
active substances know to man.''

Nevertheless, even in light of the overwhelming body
of evidence proving beyond doubt that cannabis is
medically safe and effective, DEA Director John Lawn
ignored Judge Young's advice and decreed that cannabis
remain classified as a Schedule One drug -- extremely
harmful and useless. This official classification is
a pharmacological fraud fodded off by govt force.

The medical wisdom of the ages and hope for the future
crushed under the brute-force of tyrannical govt power.
That is the face of tyranny. Let the sick and blind
suffer and slowly die that the police state, its
bloated bureaucrats and people-pulverizing prisons
might prosper and proliferate like a plague. Such
is the victory of evil over good.

California voters, however, have an opportunity this
November 5th to strike a blow against evil and score
a victory for good by voting YES on Proposition 215.

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[1] Marijuana: The First 12,000 Years, Plenum Press, 1980.
[2] Marijuana: Medical Papers, Medi-Comp Press, 1973.
[3] The Emperor Wears No Cloths, Queen of Clubs Pub, 1991.
[4] The Consumers Union Report: Licit & Illicit Drugs,
p. 405. Consumers Union, Mt Vernon, New York, 1971.
[5] United States Depensitory. 9th ed., 1851, p. 310-311.
[6] Principles and Practice of Medicine, D. Appleton, 1916.
[7] A Modern Herbal, Dover Publications, 1931, reprinted 1971.
[8] The Great Drug War, Macmillan Publishing, 1987.
[9] FEDERATION PROCEEDINGS, "Antiepileptic Action
of Marijuana-Active Substances," 1949, 8: 284-5.
Smoking and Intraocular Pressure," 1971 Sep 6;217(10):1392.
of Delta-9-Tetrohydrocannabinol in Patients Receiving
Cancer Chemotherapy," 1975, 293:795-7.

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