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OPINION: The War on Medical Marijuana

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
Anthropologists of the future will look back upon these times as incredibly barbaric. One such example is medical marijuana, which is already legal in a dozen states, yet prohibited -- and trumped -- by federal law.

New York and Connectictut are next in line. The New York Times recently editorialized, "Although there are other prescriptions that are designed to relieve pain and nausea and there is concern about the health effects of smoking marijuana, there are some truly ill people who find peace only that way."

Those "other prescriptions" are aided by the pharmaceutical industry, which spent a record-breaking $155-million to lobby the government from 2005 to mid-2006. As for "concern about the health effects of smoking marijuana," it was reported at the 2007 meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society that smoking marijuana -- "even heavy long-term use" -- does not cause cancer of the lung, upper airwaves or esophagus.

Syndicated columnist Clarence Page -- referring to WAMM, the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana -- has written about the DEA raiding "a legitimate health co-operative that was treating more than 200 patients, some of them terminally ill, in Santa Cruz [California]. Snatching medicine out of the hands of seriously ill patients sounds like terrorism to me. In this case it was federally sponsored and taxpayer-financed."

Founded by Valerie and Mike Corral, WAMM has been helping people dying of cancer and AIDS for 14 years. Learning that such patients could not afford the high cost of marijuana, WAMM established a communal garden where medicine is grown for patients who have a doctor's recommendation; they may take what they need and give what they can, even if that is nothing.

The late Robert Anton Wilson, prolific countercultural author, told me, "I never thought I would become another WAMM patient. My post-polio syndrome had been a minor nuisance until then. Suddenly, two years ago, it flared up into blazing pain. My doctor recommended marijuana and named WAMM as the safest and most legal source. By then I think I was on the edge of suicide -- the pain had become like a permanent abscessed tooth in the leg. Nobody can or should endure that."

After the DEA raided WAMM's garden and arrested its founders, outraged Santa Cruz city and county officials actually sponsored WAMM's medical marijuana give-away on the steps of City Hall, and joined WAMM's lawsuit against the DEA, the U.S. Attorney General and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. WAMM is considered the most likely organization to ultimately sway the Supreme Court. According to Federal Judge Jeremy Fogel, "WAMM is the gold standard of the medical marijuana movement."

Meanwhile, WAMM is in desperate financial straits. If you can contribute to their cause, check out their fundraising site . Although it would be a blessing to be funded by a MacArthur grant or philanthropist George Soros, Valerie points out that, "If those of us who believe in the alternative WAMM offers unite, we can keep the vision alive. If each of us contributes as little as $5 a month, we can move political history. That's one trip to Starbucks, and less than a movie."

Paul Krassner's FBI files indicate that after Life magazine published a favorable profile of him, the FBI sent a poison-pen letter to the editor, complaining: "To classify Krassner as a social rebel is far too cute. He's a nut, a raving, unconfined nut."
"The FBI was right," says George Carlin. "This man is dangerous--and
funny; and necessary."
When People magazine called Krassner "Father of the underground
press," he immediately demanded a paternity test. He had published
The Realist magazine from 1958 to 1974. He reincarnated it as a
newsletter in 1985. "The taboos may have changed," he wrote, "but
irreverence is still our only sacred cow."




News Hawk- User 420 MAGAZINE ® - Medical Marijuana Publication & Social Networking
Source: HuffingtonPost.com
Author: Paul Krassner
Contact: Paul Krassner - The Huffington Post
Copyright: 2007 HuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
Website: Paul Krassner: The War on Medical Marijuana
 

Pinch

New Member
Paul Krassner has been supporting this cause and other prominent social issues his entire life. He is an exceptional man. A renaissance man.

Krassner was a child violin prodigy (and was the youngest person ever to play Carnegie Hall, in 1939 at age six),[1] but his career took a different turn in the 1950s when he became an important figure in many aspects of politically edged humor and satire in the U.S. Krassner was a founder of the Youth International Party (Yippies) in 1967, and a member of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, famous for prankster activism. He was a close protege of the controversial comedian Lenny Bruce, and the editor of Bruce's autobiography. He also worked on early issues of Mad Magazine. (Wikipedia)

Excellent find Mr User.

We all should support WAMM.
 

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
I love the man. I've been reading him since my mid-teens in the 60's.

YIPPIE!!!!

remember levitating the pentagon? brilliant!
 

Pinch

New Member
Fuckin eh mate! Raising the Pentagon.. a classic "Ommmm"!

YIPPIE!!!!
 
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