Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Marijuana and Multiple Sclerosis

UC studies find promise in medical marijuana -

Making marijuana illegal is unChristian.

First, it requires politicians to take the Lord's Name in vain. Here's how:

Politicians raise their right hand toward heaven and take a solemn oath to abide by the Constitution, "so help me, God." They violate that oath when they criminalize marijuana, or act to override state laws favoring medical marijuana. A century ago, when federal politicians were asked to make alcohol illegal, they correctly and properly replied, "The Constitution doesn't give us the power to make alcohol illegal. You'll have to amend the Constitution to give us that power." Anti-alcohol advocates did so, and amending the Constitution to give Congress power over alcohol created Al Capone and organized crime. So that Amendment was repealed, and with it, all federal power to outlaw alcohol. The Constitution has never been properly amended to give the federal government power to put people like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other Founding Fathers in prison for growing certain plants. But nobody cares about oaths these days.

Second, the criminalization of hemp violated the Biblical prohibition against "engrossing commodities to enhance the price," and still does. If newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst had owned hemp instead of trees, hemp would have been used to make his newspapers, and would be America's number one cash crop today. But Hearst was invested in trees. He used his influence to slander "marihuana" and get politicians to pass laws against it. Hearst's trees would have been worth much less with competition from hemp.

Third, inflicting pain and suffering on patients who could benefit from marijuana is like inflicting pain on Jesus Christ Himself (Matthew 25:31-46).

A Christian should not vote for any politician who promises to punish people solely for possessing or using -- or even selling -- marijuana.

The War on Drugs

Medical Marijuana

The International War on Drugs

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nothing new here to me. MS is just one of many diseases that can be treated with marijuana.

There are drawbacks, of course.

It's still illegal in most states, including Missouri, where it grows wild. But if you grow any on your own property, the Feds can seize your property. And, even if you have a medical need and a prescription and acquitted of all charges of intent to distribute, the Feds aren't required to return your confiscated property. It's not worth the risk.

Because it's illegal, it's expensive. And because it generates so much money, it does not attract sellers with names like "Rainbow" and "Moonbeam" like it once did; instead, it attracts "farmers" armed with automatic weapons. Not people you wanna do business with.

While marijuana allows patients to self-dose and to take far less medicine than prescription pain relieving counterparts that turn them into unproductive zombies, smoking the stuff is not the ideal way to take it. Inhaling any kind of smoke into one's lungs is a bad idea.

However, marijuana can be infused as a tea and further reduced into an elixir, like cough syrup. But, unlike smoking very small quantities, it's takes a whole lot more of the stuff for infusion to liquid form. Enough that the Feds would not believe that the patient's supply was only for personal use didn't have intent to distribute. So, taking it in a safer form is riskier if caught.

And far more expensive if bought rather than grown.

Marijuana is never going to be legalized in the US if the pharmaceutical industry lobby has anything to say about it. If people were allowed to grow their own medicine, it would cost the industry countless billions. And that would take money out of the pockets of our congressional representatives.

I once heard a story about someone who had liver cancer. While suffering in horrible pain, she was introduced to marijuana and discovered that it helped enormously. As she was not a smoker, though, coughing hurt her and she couldn't smoke it. She could make it into a tea and sip on it all day long and stay relatively comfortable. But that meant needing a very large supply of the stuff. So, her neighbors all got together and agreed to each grow a quantity sufficient to keep her in tea at the risk of losing their own property. Mighty Christian of 'em, if you ask me. By the time she died, when the family came to dispose of her possessions -- and clean out her refrigerator -- they found a couple of pounds of marijuana in her freezer. Enough to have put her, and her neighbors, in a federal crossbar hotel for decades. The family couldn't risk even giving it away to some other cancer patient in need. That would have been a felony crime.

It ain't right.