It’s a brave new world out there people. Stark raving lunatics are out on the streets, looking for every nook and cranny to get their fix of the vile green stuff. The pillars of humanity are falling all around us as society nears its complete and total collapse into the fiery wretches of the scorched earth we’ve made. As I sit here in my bunker, wondering where the world has gone since the day they legalized weed in 4 states, all I can do is wonder when we can go back to simpler, better times…
Oh who am I kidding, things are much better now. It’s easier than ever to get the weed you need, and the quality in recent years has gone through the roof. With the medical-industrial complex in full swing, it’s kind of nice to know that there’s a cheap, very easy fix for a lot of day to day ailments from anxiety to epilepsy. For a lot of people, a dispensary is just as viable as a pharmacy. In many cases it’s actually better - from the lack of side effects to not putting you into inconceivable medical debt.
When the DEA recently stated that they’re leaving marijuana as a schedule 1 drug – a drug that has absolutely no medical value -it gives you pause to wonder just what on earth half the states in the union are smoking to think that cannabis is good for you. Oh wait...
Well, when 25 states plus DC seem to think it does have medical value, that creates a huge disconnect from the feds and the states. The DEA has now further stated that there’s simply “not enough evidence” linking marijuana as a treatment for several maladies.
The fact of the matter is that marijuana does have medical value. From helping with the devastating side effects of chemotherapy to psoriasis, definitive medical value has been shown in labs and beyond. And what is worse is that the government knows this. US Patent No 6630507 states:
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the DEA has decided that truth doesn’t fit the narrative they’re trying to write, and so it’s in their favor to simply not acknowledge FALL 2016 • FOX & NUG 38
new evidence. After all, the DEA makes millions of dollars from civil asset forfeiture, (a different article to itself. Look that up if you want to ruin your day) and finalizes most of its budget for the year by saying how much is necessary to “combat” said drugs.
If you’re a multimillion dollar business, why would it ever be in your favor to get rid of one of your most profitable products? You can see the conflict of interest here, and like so many situations right now unfortunately, money getting into bed with government makes a very ugly baby.
It’s so easy to simply say “there’s not enough evidence” to anything and impede scientific progress for decades. There are tons of examples over the years with this happening, and in the end everyone loses.
Just look at the story of leaded gasoline. Notice that all the gas stations you go to fill up have the description of “unleaded” for all of the types of gas? That’s because for decades, we were putting actual lead into gas to improve octane ratings. The lead spewed into the atmosphere, causing many citizens’ blood to have fairly high concentrations of the stuff. Elevated lead levels have really nasty implications for developing brains of adolescents especially, and the companies knew this. It would take loads of money to redevelop a new type of gas as cheaply as leaded gas, so the easy solution was to simply not do it. Whenever more and more research came to point out the nasty effects, the companies would simply say “there’s not enough evidence”. Finally legislation came through that banned it completely in 1996.
I guess there’s the lesson. Time and time again the government wants to keep the war on drugs going. They think they can get “tough” about drug users and make America the safe bastion it was meant to be. Yet here we are again at a crossroads where the money trail says otherwise. Turns out there’s more money to be made (for the DEA at least, taxpayers lose out big time) by simply denying science and overwhelming evidence yet again.
It’s easy to feel powerless and see things from the big picture and become a bit cynical, but there is hope. By consistently voting on smaller scale elections and helping to educate the community, we can end this. By having a larger majority of states embrace medical marijuana, the DEA has that much less of a leg to stand on whenever they make these outrageous claims.