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Cannabis Not Harmful

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Fallen Cannabis Warrior
Paul Armentano asks in his letter on Thursday, Nov. 8, "Why is cannabis being withheld from patients if it has all these positive effects?"

This question is answered with one word: euphoria.

Believe it or not, euphoria is the only side effect in U.S. medicine that is absolutely intolerable. Pain medications are regularly withheld from patients based upon worries that they might "enjoy it."

If one listens to the warnings on any given pharmaceutical that is advertised on morning or evening national news programs, one finds politically tolerable side effects that range from dry eyes or mouth to gastrointestinal distress, including inability to hold bowel movements until one reaches the toilet, and even death. That's right, death. Our old favorite acetaminophen, better known as Tylenol, causes big problems, according to the National Institutes of Health: "Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers ( 100,000/year ) and accounts for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure each year."

But these advertised pharmaceuticals and OTC pain relievers don't deliver any euphoria, save that of being relieved from one's pain or other medical condition. Unless, of course, the substance does not kill or injure one first ( read the fine print on packaging ) - for example, destroying one's liver, in the case of acetaminophen.

Cannabis, on the other hand, is not known to be dangerous, except to one's future employment prospects. It does not kill as a direct result of its use, nor does it cause lung cancer or brain tumors, despite the decades of awful lies told about it in service to the war on illegal drug users.

But it does provide a fleeting and artificial euphoria, and for this reason alone, it must be suppressed at every turn. It must be lied about, impugned and mischaracterized on a consistent, unrelenting basis, lest some sympathy for the sick and dying show.

Cannabis prohibition does not have anything to do with health concerns. It only serves to keep euphoria within the realm of Big Religion, which claims it as its own exclusive territory.

Do you have some other justification that would see Viagra advertised at dinnertime ( talk about artificial euphoria! ), beer and wine existing with impunity, and efficacious medicine withheld from the sick and dying ( such as OTC cough medicine requiring ID with purchase limits and shared information about purchases among local cough medicine outlets )?

Eric Johnson

Los Angeles

Source: Commonwealth Times,The (Virginia Commonwealth U, VA Edu)
Copyright: 2007 The Commonwealth Times
Contact: editor@commonwealthtimes.com
Website: Commonwealth Times
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