Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Feds Value Consistency Over Ending Human Suffering

Dying woman loses marijuana appeal - Yahoo! News: "SAN FRANCISCO - A California woman whose doctor says marijuana is the only medicine keeping her alive is not immune from federal prosecution on drug charges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The case was brought by Angel Raich, an Oakland mother of two who suffers from scoliosis, a brain tumor, chronic nausea and other ailments. On her doctor's advice, she eats or smokes marijuana every couple of hours to ease her pain and bolster a nonexistent appetite as conventional drugs did not work."

We should all be a little freaked out that our drug laws are so out of whack. There are a great deal more dangerous drugs on the market, given after a tooth pull, than marijuana. To suggest that marijuana is that dangerous and not at all medicinal is factually incorrect and a pure lie. I don't use it anymore, but it was one of the best ways to increase my appetite when I would lose it for a couple days or more. Lack of appetite for over several days is really pretty dangerous. Half a joint to correct that problem should not be illegal. It was always a relief when I felt hungry, wasn't sick to my stomach and could scarf down some pizza. This woman clearly has it much worse, a condition to which the phrase human suffering actually applies, and the Court was worried that if they ruled the other way, it would be an "in" for pro-drug groups. At some point, we have to come to grips with reality on drugs, especially ones like marijuana.

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