why cannabis has to be made legal

I thought I’d start occasionally adding my personal musings to my blog. Today something came up  about which I thought I’d add my tuppence worth.

In the last few days the results of the US Government’s own funded research has appeared in the mainstream media. Although about a year after the research was first published, the government sponsored researchers have finally acknowledged that cannabis kills cancer cells (something the scientific community have known for decades). So I’m wondering how the US Government can continue to justify cannabis being listed as a Schedule 1 drug.

Schedule 1 drugs have to satisfy 3 criteria under the US Controlled Substances Act:

1. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

Well that just about covers anything from chocolates and doughnuts to coffee, alcohol and tobacco – none of which are classed as Schedule 1 drugs despite the fact that, globally, 6 million people die every year from tobacco and a further 2.5 million people die every year from alcohol. Deaths from cannabis abuse = zero!

2. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

There are hundreds of published scientific papers going back decades proving the medicinal value of the compounds in cannabis – only last year scientists discovered that it prevents and reverses Alzheimer’s disease.

Alcohol and tobacco, on the other hand, have no medicinal use other than to cause liver and kidney disease and cancer.

3. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Seeing as there hasn’t been a single death attributed to cannabis use and in all animal studies the LS-50 dose – i.e. the amount required to kill 50{582a4cd6c5b6339d110be5919cb0de9cc71fedaf8429bffd51f3e2de8e47e79a} of the animals – was found to be so ridiculously high as to be meaningless, I’m not sure how much safer any substance could be.



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