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Medical Marijuana from an Australian Viewpoint

Smokin Moose

Fallen Cannabis Warrior
I came across this article by Medical Cannabis which I hope you find an interesting and informative read. Posted march 7 2008

Before we can discuss anything in this country to do with scheduling, classes and drug delivery systems (ie tincture, vapourisation, tea, cannabis butter, etc), we must get to the heart of the matter of what we are truly dealing with. This letter may be quite in depth, but I feel that to gain a true understanding of the subject matter at hand one must look at the entire picture.

To quote the A.M.A’s Position Statement , ‘Cannabis 2006, - “Cannabis is a drug that comes from the plant Cannabis Sativa.” This just shows that the A.M.A. has not got a clue about what Cannabis truly is. Allow me to define it.

Cannabis is first and foremost a living genus, Cannabidaceae. The race is Cannabis. The 4 pheno types are Sativa, Indica, Ruderalis and Henep/Industrial Hemp. It is a living, breathing, fornicating, and procreating terrigenous race on this earth just like the human. It can be male, female and hermaphrodite, just like the human. It has been one of the most beneficial, phyto-genus/races on this earth, to not only the human but to other animal and plant genus/races.

Just like the human, it has adapted to its surroundings and climate, creating specific types with specific action.

Sativas have little to no Cannabidiol in them and ‘decent’ THC levels, especially African breeds.

Indica has a balance of both Cannabidiol to Tetra-hydro-cannabinol.

Ruderalis is especially high in Cannabidiol while containing a very low THC level.

Hemp has minute levels of either, which is why we use it as a fibre and seed plant.

As I stated before, The plant Cannabis is not a drug. Tetra-hydro-cannabinol is the drug, and is the only part of the entire plant that is psychoactive. Cannabidiol is anti-psychoactive and has now been proven beyond any shadow of doubt to have anti-dysphoric/anti-psychotic properties.

The Cannabis race has been symbiotic with the human for at least 10,000 years. We have gained much benefit from this genus/race, which is why (except under a delusional mentality) one cannot understand why so many groups are hell bent on the genocide (to murder a genus) of such a beneficial genus/race, and the ancient culture that has grown up around it, whether for medicine, recreation, spiritual sacrament, fuel, fibre, food and many other beneficial applications.

When it comes to Cannabism as a belief and cultural system, people who believe and understand the Cannabis race and the culture it comes from, get treated like heretics and proverbial witches by other cultures including cultures that have suffered persecution, themselves, throughout history.

Even those who believe in only the manipulation of hemp while stating, “all other forms of the Cannabis genus/race must be eradicated” are participating in ethnic cleansing. Part of this ethnic cleansing and genocide of Cannabis and its culture can easily be defined as ‘a policy of social segregation upon individual and collective coverings, defined by differential and/or preferential treatment’, or to state this long sentence in two words - apartheid discrimination.…… A belief and policy system that our Government swears they’re against, while wielding this policy against anything they don’t agree with, or don’t personally choose themselves.

To understand the definition and segregation of culture in this country, in the Sydney Morning Herald (March 6th, 2008) under the headline, ‘Children to learn about Footy’ was written::

“Rugby League is more than just a Sport in Australia. It’s a tradition, a ritual, a culture, a passion and a way of life for many people”. So begins National Rugby League Chief Executive David Gallop’s introduction in a new primary school teaching resource.

“Learning with League has been written by the NSW Department of Education to teach students about Rugby League culture, heritage and tradition. It will also ask students to learn about League sporting heroes”. (This word is now wielded like the buzzword ‘legal’ nowadays, it means nothing).

The NSW Minister for Education John Della Bosca is helping to launch this new resource“. (End of newspaper statements).

Interesting isn’t it that Politicians, on a regular basis, have also stated these exact same words when it comes to the drug ethanol and its culture - tradition, ritual, culture, passion, way of life, heritage and yes, even heroes. Yet, at the same time they constantly believe they have the right to violate and abuse cannabis culture, tradition, ritual, passion, way of life, heritage and heroes. This is exactly what apartheid discrimination is, and they go further by putting the Cannabis culture collective and the Cannabis race into some of the most derogatory and slanderous boxes they can ie ‘Dickhead’, ‘Loser’, ‘Useless unemployed scum’, etc. and America tried to link Cannabis culture with Terrorism and 911, as well as trying to link the culture with child sacrifice to an ancient demi-God, Moloch. (See attached picture).

It seems that every single time one form of social segregation is deemed ‘wrong’ ie ‘gay bashing’, ‘slavery’, ‘religious heretic hunting’ etc. and so forth, selective groups just turn their attention and their sadistic policies to the next target, and as usual it’s always the innocent who suffer. When they can put collectives into lesser boxes than themselves, genocide and apartheid are always the outcomes.

Just look at what happened when the Nazis classed the Jews as ‘parasites’, when the crusaders classed the Saracens as ‘infidels’ and vice versa (ie “to kill an infidel is not a crime, it’s the pathway to heaven”), when the Church classed herbalists as witches and tortured and burnt them at the stake, when Catholics declared supremacy war and eradication on Protestants (and vice versa), and other historical eradication/genocide events (which also included my two tribal collectives Goths and Celts being enslaved and/or genocided by Rome and the Huns).

It seems that today the ‘fire and sword policies’ of Draconia are still alive and well, and being perpetrated under the buzzword ‘legal’. When one collective declares war or attacks another collective, the outcome can only be segregation and destruction on all sides. This can easily be seen in the regard of the Arian Christians vs the Roman Catholics, that was set off when Bishop Arius was slapped in the face in full view of his colleagues by Bishop Nicholas (also known as Santa Claus).

A statement released today (6th March, 2008) by the United Nations was that ‘celebrities should be punished, worse than they already are, for taking illicit drugs’. This brought to mind a few questions:

1) Why was Amy Winehouse glorified for her ethanol drug abuse….. and crucified for her illicit drug taking - branded as ‘Amy Crackhouse‘?

2) Why was C*****e Hydrochloride Kate (Moss) crucified, yet Ethane Hydroxide Kate was glorified for having a ‘boozy party with her mates’, while boyfriend Pete Doherty was being put through the ringer at rehab for taking the buzzword ‘illicit’ drugs?

3) Why was the drug lord, John Singleton, allowed to wield Paris Hilton as a drug mascot (known to abuse her ethanol drugs), while everyone was stating, “We must say no to drugs”, and Paris was then targeted for taking the dreaded ‘illicit’? Meanwhile, drug lord John Singleton was interviewed ‘off his face’ under the influence of the drug he deals and stands for.

We constantly get told that ‘Cannabis is a dangerous drug even if those that partake of it choose to respect the race, the THC drug contained within it, and all of its other benefits, while the same people telling us this call their drug a ‘drink’/’beverage’, and their psychoactive drug’s users, abusers and addicts ‘drinkers’, ‘revellers’ and ‘partygoers’. No wonder we can’t get any drug respect in this country or understanding for people’s choice.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oy, oy, oy, has been made ‘etho, etho, etho, oy,oy,oy, while people like Premier Iemma proudly help to launch the latest Ethanol Drug Laboratory (buzzword ‘brewery’) , or the latest ethanol, caffeine, nicotine and Pharmaceutical drug forms and the drug cartels that deal them.

As I stated in my letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald (Legality or Illegality does not make a drug all good or all bad - March 3rd, 2008) , the buzzwords ‘legal’/ ‘licit’ and ‘illegal’/’illicit’ have nothing to do with the International Criteria of Harm involved. A drug’s criteria does not change whether that drug is taken in America, in Africa, in Asia, in Australia, in Europe or in the U.K. Yet, every single one of these countries have a different scheduling/class system based on whether the particular drug of choice, or the cartel that deals it, has found favour with the Government and the vested interests that sponsor them. One can see this for what it is when crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis, coca leaf and the opium poppy are all put into the same category ‘illicit’, which automatically deems the phrase ‘No Tolerance/No Acceptance and stuff the Criteria of Harm involved’. This is a dangerous practice, but then again, so is Prohibition as a whole.

Prohibition of selective use and choice has given the power of drug dealing and drug mastery to criminals on both sides of the ‘licit’/’illicit’ Great World Divide. To excuse this crime, the Crusaders (for want of another term) on the ‘licit’ side, declare unholy war on the ‘illicit’ side, and the feud continues to this very day. The War on Drugs is a Misnomer, because it has people on drugs declaring war on people on other drugs. In actual fact, it is a war on people, their human rights and their freedom in the name of supremacy, social segregation, discrimination and slavery. Forced choice is no choice at all, it is slavery. The people chained on the ’Armistad’ certainly saw this for what it was, and we still see this exactly for what it is today.

Abuse does not give a damn what drug it manifests on, or whether the manifestation is on a buzzword ’legal’ or ’illegal’ subject matter. Abuse can, so it does. And the words ’legal’ and ’illegal’ are not reasons at all, they are prejudices. You are instantly stuck into a box for your choice, and one of two things happen - either you get placed on a mantle piece or thrown on a fire. Either way, no respect is learned, for if you are exalted you believe that you are above everyone else and as such, you can do what you like. If you are burned, however, you do not care about use or abuse (unless you believe in the concept of respect) as either way you are hunted down, persecuted and eradicated. If we punish people for showing respect to their drug, culture and beliefs of choice then why would people want to show respect to the law and to their choice?

Frederick Bastiat stated, “It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this…..the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder”. Through this violation of human rights and law called prohibition of selective use and choice, our (and other) Governments have forcefully turned us into the ‘stolen ability generation’, as they have stolen and plundered our human rights of decision making, the right of respect, the right to make mistakes, the right to learn from application, process and action, and the right of freedom. Freedom means ‘free dominion’, and to deny freedom is to force slavery.

David Dyenhaus, from Melbourne University, stated, “When law can so obviously be used as the instrument of great oppression, how can one make the claim that the justification for law is its pursuit of justice, and its capacity to resist injustice”.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr stated, “Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust”. “An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority compels a minority group to obey, but does not make binding on itself. An unjust law is no law at all”.

Prohibition of selective use, choice and belief can be easily summed up in one simple statement, “How a minority by reaching majority and seizing authority hates and persecutes other minorities”.

Now, a few quotes by well known Australians.

“Australians should not be kow-towing to anybody when it comes to freedom in this country”. - Kevin Rudd (when opposition leader).

“It’s a free world, people are free to take risks”. - Alexander Downer (former Foreign Minister).

“The role of Government is not to tell the people what risks and choices they can and can’t take”. - Former P.M. John Howard.

“The Government must not usurp the role of families by substituting heavy handed and ill considered regulation for individual responsibility, and I mean individual responsibility”. - Chris Pyne, talking about his choice of drug, ethanol at the Press Club.

He also stated, “Australia is not a giant health farm with the Government acting as a personal trainer (he could have fooled us). It is not the place of Government to seize candy (the drug ethanol) from the mouth of babes, or send inspectors into private homes to check whether parents are keeping the liquor (psychoactive drug ethanol) cabinet locked. The Government will continue to run programmes of information and education, but as parents and citizens the rest is up to us”.

Roger Q. Mills of Texas, 1887. (Part of a speech)

“Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud.

It is wrapped in the livery of Heaven, but it comes to serve the devil.

It comes to regulate by law our appetites and our daily lives.

It comes to tear down liberty and build up fanaticism, hypocrisy and intolerance.

It comes to confiscate by legislative decree the property of many of our fellow citizens.

It comes to send spies, detectives, and informers into our homes; to have us arrested and carried before courts and condemned to fines and imprisonments.

It comes to dissipate the sunlight of happiness, peace, and prosperity in which we are now living and to fill our land with alienations, estrangements, and bitterness.

It comes to bring us evil – only evil – and that continually.

Let us rise in our might as one and overwhelm it with such indignation that we shall never hear of it again as long as grass grows and water runs”.

(It was quoted more than once during the December, 1914 debate in Congress, USA).

David Hadorn, M.D. “A society that can handle codeine over the counter can learn to live with Cannabis.

Judge James Pickles, U.K. “Canabis never killed anybody and its use is widespread. You can’t stop it. The law defeats itself because all the efforts to stop drugs coming in only drives up the prices and then gangsters move in to push the drugs“. (MCA…And this prohibition forces medical and recreational cannabis users to fund criminals, just like they fund the ethanol drug empire at the moment. Both licit and illicit drug cartels are laughing all the way to the bank).

Dr. Alex Wodak, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. “The failure of prohibition is obvious to all who wish to examine the evidence. If prohibition is a success, where is the evidence of this magnificent success?” (MCA…Depends who you ask. It’s been a magnificent success for the buzzword ‘legal’ drug cartels who have all their competition wiped out for them, and all their criminal acts excused on a regular basis).

Tony Parsons - Slades & Parsons Pty. Barristers & Solicitors. 28th June 1999 - “Tragically, in Australia, illicit drug policy and funding has been based on ideology rather than evidence. The policy has become inviolable, while Politicians remain terrified of losing an election lest rationality be misinterpreted as being ‘soft on drugs’.

(MCA…Meanwhile, we now deal drugs in Woolworths and other supermarkets, as well as Parliament House, and these same hardline Politicians and Police are helping to launch drug labs, drug cartels and state, “Come on board and help the drug lord accord”.

(MCA…Minus the words drug lord, as they state the word ’liquor’ - they are scared to death of ever being associated with the word DRUG, even though the Health Department of Australia stated, “Alcohol is the most widely used psychoactive drug in Australia”.

Ex Commissioner Ken Moroney stated, “I believe alcohol is a greater problem, an even greater menace than the illicit drug problem. I don’t diminish the seriousness of the (illicit) drug problem, but we cannot ignore the huge issue of alcohol”.

Now that we’ve got the big picture exposed, here are some statements about Medical cannabis from Aussies ‘in the know’.

In Oct. 1999, Dr. MacDonald Christie. Head of Pharmacology, University of Sydney stated, “Several overseas studies have shown that compounds of cannabis can alleviate nausea and stimulate appetite. This yields ENORMOUS QUALITY OF LIFE BENEFITS for some individuals who suffer from diseases or disease treatments (i.e. chemo and pharmaceuticals) that produce impaired appetite or nausea….It was also useful in reducing chronic pain.”

Also in 1999 Dr. Kerryn Phelps, former A.M.A. Pres. stated, “Cannabis was sometimes the only thing that helped people deal with the pain and intractable nausea of diseases such as leukaemia, lymphoma, and certain AIDS-related conditions and treatments. Yet, such people faced arrest and prosecution for using an ‘illegal’ drug. “The bottom line is, we are talking about PEOPLE who, on compassionate grounds, need a medical treatment……

…I would challenge any politicians to look any person in the eye who has intolerable symptoms and say, We know there is something that might work for you, but we are not going to make it legal.”

She stated this in the year 1999, which means that our Local, our State and our Federal politicians have known for at least 8+ years that medical cannabis is a proven fact, and for them (and others like them) to deny medical cannabis from those who would otherwise gain benefit from it, is a criminal act, a breach of human rights and a neglect of care.

Ms Margaret Hole (Pres.of the NSW Law Society at the time) stated in 1999:

“The illegality of cannabis for people for whom it was the only workable palliative treatment was a human rights issue. IF I HAVE A DISEASE, I HAVE A HUMAN RIGHT TO BE TREATED WITH THE BEST MEDICINE POSSIBLE”.

Margaret Hole also said she “could see no reason why the law could not be changed to exempt people who needed cannabis for their conditions”.

Neither can the millions of sufferers Worldwide, who gain (by their own words and experiences) great benefit from cannabis as a medicine.



8 YEARS AND STILL WAITING….WHY?

On Dec. 1st 2005, “The Australian” newspaper stated, “Australian researchers believe Cannabis, a drug believed to increase the risk of psychosis (through excessive THC bombardment) may also be able to reverse psychotic behaviour.

“Scientists at Monash University, Melb. say they have found a chemical compound in cannabis -Cannabidiol (CBD) - that reverses drug induced behavioural disturbances in mice“.

Lenora Long. - Researcher at Monash Univ. stated:

“The interesting thing is that you have these two compounds in the Cannabis plant that produces opposing effects. One is liable to produce psychotic symptoms (rarely), while the other may be protective against psychosis……Cannabidiol may also help alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy and also pain associated with inflammatory disorders such as, multiple sclerosis”.

Former Premier of NSW, Mr. Bob Carr, (Hansard, 20th May, 2003) - “This (medical cannabis) is something practical we can do to reduce the sum of misery in the World. The duty is imperative when it comes to as complex an issue as the use of Cannabis. As legislators we should be able to rise to this challenge. The complexity of an issue does not provide a license to walk away while ordinary people suffer and acquire criminal records simply for treating their illness and relieving their suffering in the only way that works for them. With a sensible mixture of compassion and common sense, we can make a Medical Cannabis regime work in this State as it works in other jurisdictions around the world.”

Sarah Price - The Sun Herald (19th Dec. 2004)

“After suffering from bon cancer for 5 years, and having two bone marrow stem cell transplants, Edward, 55, decided to try Cannabis after hearing how it could ease pain. Edward, who lives in regional NSW, and asked for his surname not to be revealed, said, “I got a much better sleep and felt better in my stomach”.

Since then, he uses it at night to help him bear the disease for which he has refused the latest round of chemotherapy because he says his body “just would not take any more”. - “I was hesitant to do it, but when you’re sick in the belly from the morphine, there’s nothing else”, he said.

Mr (John) Della Bosca said, ‘The Government has a responsibility to look to other solutions (like medical cannabis) to help patients suffering from those conditions, as soon as possible’.”

Thomas Sowell, “The difference between a policy and a crusade is that a policy is judged by its results, while a crusade is judged by how good it makes its crusaders fee”.

It’s not how we can prevent the choice. It should be, and was, how we can prevent the harm while allowing the choice. People learn from mistakes and being allowed to show respect to their subject matter….you cannot learn from No Tolerance, except for the simple fact that you and your choices cannot be tolerated because of someone else’s choice.

I do realize that this letter is quite in depth and drawn out. However, one must as a matter of course understand the entire issue before one can make decisions on the application of that issue. The ‘Fair Go’ used to be for all. It can be again. IT IS NOW 2008, and Medical sufferers are still begging for their medical cannabis rights and the right of their culture and the race that provides it to exist.


Source
Understanding the Issue - Medical Cannabis | Sydney Indymedia
 
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