Count down to cannabis rescheduling
Is cannabis a medicine? If you ask the DEA, Federal American Government, tobacco companies, alcohol producers, pharmaceutical companies or members of the law enforcement industry then the answer is a big whooping NO! Aint nothin in that there plant but the devil’s own spit, they would say in their fine southern drawl. Unfortunately for them, science has trumped their ideological stance on the plant. The cannabis prohibitionists are the decedents of those wonderfully bleak church folk from the 1600s that wanted to put a pitch fork up Galileo’s ass for daring to bring evidence that the earth was in fact not flat but round. We are having the same battle with the health benefits of cannabis today. Closed minded establishment types, religiously holding onto their idea of what the world is. Even with evidence, they hold to their original thoughts.
In reality you can’t win with these people. They turn up every few hundred years or so to block the path of human progress. Cannabis has cancer fighting properties. In all the years of cancer research, nothing has been as exciting as the discovery of this fact. It has been scientifically proven that cannabis helps treat epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, wasting disorders, post traumatic stress disorder and many other illnesses and yet the US Federal Government has classified cannabis as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, deemed to have no approved medicinal value.
At the end of October testimony was gathered on the medical benefits of cannabis during the case, United States v. Pickard. Federal Government prosecutor Richard Bender admitted that THC, the psychoactive part of cannabis is an effective pain relieving agent. That ladies and gentlemen, is the ball game. Once it is on record that cannabis has a medical benefit, the whole charade can stop and we then get on with using the plant properly.
It is now a waiting game. Within the next few months cannabis will be rescheduled. As much as the government of America don’t want to change their stance on cannabis, they have to. The genie is out of the bottle.