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Re: “The 2010 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Prohibition, highly restrictive zoning, and other high restrictive regulations of marijuana are inappropriate.

Despite immense institutional hostility and prejudice, over 20,000 peer-reviewed medical studies document that marijuana is safer than any common over-the-counter medicine, safer than aspirin, safer than Tylenol, far safer than alcohol, far safer than any drug I prescribe. Cannabis reduces pain, nausea, and wasting, but research also suggests curative effects in a variety of medical conditions.

As far back as 1988, after an extensive review of the research, the DEA’s own chief administrative judge Francis L. Young concluded: “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known.” The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine found similarly. The DEA ignored the research then and ignores the research still. In 2010, at least 15 double-blind crossover studies, the Gold Standard of research, are among the 20,000 studies showing the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis and NO evidence it causes cancer—by far more supportive research for marijuana than any drug ever approved by the FDA! In 2009, forced by the overwhelming weight of research evidence, the American Medical Association overcame its previous hostility to support “that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines.” The supportive 2010 University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research Report to the Legislature is available online.

Primarily because of irrational marijuana laws, America has more people behind bars per capita than Red China! The current black market status of marijuana denies patients safe access to a useful medicine, but profits only drug cartels, the prison industry, and wastes enormous law enforcement resources, your money. We can no longer afford to keep such a safe and useful drug illegal. Oppose “Reefer Madness” Prohibition. Vote YES ON 203.

And when the Medical Marijuana Initiative passes, I urge public servants to advance, not thwart, the will of the people.

Posted by EdgarSuterMD on 10/16/2010 at 11:47 AM

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