For Information On The Medical Uses Of Marijuana



In reaction to medical cannabis access referendums on the ballots in
Arizona and California, former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and
George Bush signed a letter stating that they ``categorically oppose''
access to cannabis for its many proven therapeutic uses such as the
prevention of blindness and epileptic seizures [1].
Their chief concern was that legal medical access would send the message
that cannabis is safe. The presidents can, however, lay their safety
concerns to rest because the scientific literature overwhelmingly confirms
that cannabis is both an effective and safe medicine.

The Cannabis Safety Profile

The journal PHARMACOLOGICAL REVIEWS [2] reports that decades of ...

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Young concluded that ``Marijuana is one of the safest
therapeutically active substances know to man.'' [4]

Opponents of legal cannabis access would have us believe that there is not
enough research available to determine its safety. Nothing could be
further from the truth. Cannabis is one of the most thoroughly researched
drugs in history, and the evidence gathered over the centuries clearly
proves that it is safe:

* The Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report (1894): an exhaustive seven-
volume, 3,281-page report that concludes: "Moderate [cannabis] use
produces practically no ill effects." [5][6][7]

* The Panama Canal Military Study (1916-1929), amassing extensive data on
the health impact of cannabis smoking upon American soldiers stationed in
Panama, recommended that "No steps be taken by the Canal Zone authorities
to prevent the sale or use of Marihuana." The research also concluded that,
"There is no evidence that Marihuana...is...'habit-forming.'" [7][8]

* The ...

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even as cannabis use in Jamaica "is
pervasive" and is used "in heavier quantities with greater THC potency
than in the U.S.," its use is "without deleterious social or psychological
consequences." [12]

What's more, the three studies cited, the largest human cannabis studies
to date, also revealed that heavy long term cannabis users scored slightly
higher on IQ tests, had slightly lower rates of illness and cancer, and
lived longer on average than non-users. Users also proved to be more
relaxed and sociable than non-users [4][12][13]. The best evidence
indicates, contrary to GovtMedia disinformation, that cannabis is safe and
good for you.

In line with the findings of the Panama Canal ...

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