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daybyday, the part you missed is that marijuana prohibition was absolute lunacy from the very beginning. You are supporting something that was dreamed up by people who thought marijuana would turn you into a bat. Read the history linked above.
Every major study of the subject in the last 100 years has said that the marijuana laws were the product of racism, ignorance, and nonsense, and there never was a good reason to outlaw it.
Nativegirl, you are talking to someone who has studied the issue for more than forty years. In addition, I am the largest publisher of the major research on drug policy in the world. See http://druglibrary.org/schaffer
It is the Investigational New Drug program. It is a program supposed to be for experimental drugs. However, in the case of marijuana, the "investigation" has been going on for about thirty years. As stated, the reason the US Government did it was simply because they had no choice. They were in a situation where, if they went to court to try to deny it, they would just lose the case which would have meant that marijuana would have been generally available for medical use some thirty years ago. They didn't want to do that, so they allowed a limited number of people into an "investigational" program. That way, they still had control over who got it. These same people have been getting US Government medical marijuana ever since.
If this all sounds a bit loony-tunes to you, then you are beginning to catch on. Read the history of the marijuana laws and you will see that the laws have been absolute lunacy since Day One. The laws were passed by lunatics for reasons that simply make people laugh today.
The problem you are having trying to reason this out is that you are trying to make sense of something that was absolutely nuts to begin with. The Mad Hatter could not have done a more lunatic job with these laws.
As for modern medical marijuana, it just isn't a significant problem. If you want the proof of that, you can read all about how people are making millions off of the trade in Los Angeles. see http://MarijuanaBusinessNews.com
If anyone believed that marijuana would be sold as a prescription drug, like all the others, then they weren't paying attention. Marijuana cannot be a prescription drug because of the stance of the Federal Government. This is despite the fact that the US Federal Government issues medical marijuana itself.
That's right. The US Government, which claims that marijuana has no medical use, sends a big tin can full of 300 joints to a number of patients each month. The reason they do this is because some of those patients wen to court and proved to a legal certainty that marijuana is a medicine, and that it is the only medicine suitable for their needs.
So your complaint about it not being sold as a prescription medicine like all the others should be lodged with the US Federal Government. They are the hypocrites who are maintaining the black market in marijuana.
Ok, some required reading for anyone who wants to offer an opinion.
First, the short history of the marijuana laws at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm This is funny and fascinating.
Licit and Illicit Drugs at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/cu/cumenu.htm The best overall review of the subject ever written. If you haven’t read this book, then you simply don’t know the subject.
The Drug Hang-Up at http://druglibrary.org/special/king/dhu/dhumenu.htm This is another excellent history of the subject.
Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer This is a collection of the full text of every major government commission report on the drug laws from around the world over the last 100 years. They all reached similar conclusions.
The drug laws were the product of ignorance and nonsense. In the US – which has driven worldwide drug prohibition for more than fifty years – the laws were the result of racism and lunacy so stupid that it just makes people laugh today.
Marijuana was originally outlawed for two major reasons. The first was because “All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy.” The second was the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana – exactly the opposite of the modern “gateway” idea.
Only two doctors testified before Congress for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The representative of the American Medical Association testified that marijuana was not a dangerous drug and there was no reason for the law. See the full transcripts of the hearings for the MTA at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/taxact.htm
The only other doctor was Dr. James Munch. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected marijuana directly into the brains of 300 dogs, and two of them died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn’t know. He also testified in court, under oath, that marijuana could make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood, and that it could turn you into a bat.
Dr. Munch was the only doctor in the US who thought that marijuana should be illegal so we was appointed US Official Expert on marijuana, where he served for 25 years.
That is just one example of the lunacy. There is far more than that in the history of these laws. Anyone who currently supports these laws simply hasn’t read the most basic research on the subject.
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