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Medical marijuana for multiple sclerosis

While arguing in court that marijuana has no medical value and is a dangerous drug on the one hand, the federal government is patenting marijuana extracts for health-related uses on the other. And now it is set to grant a license to GW Pharmaceuticals for treating patients with multiple sclerosis with a cannabinoid-based drug called Epidiolex.

We have discussed police power and assault on our person and property. But especially we have noted ongoing assault upon our psyche that twists our minds and makes us prisoners of conscience.

The system has never been short on hypocrisy. While we are force medicated with fluoride and chlorine in our drinking water and establishment medicine pushes on us mass vaccinations and inoculations, the personal use of marijuana is a federal crime with stiff federal penalties. Meanwhile, we are sold subsidized tobacco; our food is adulterated with millions of tons of life-destroying white sugar or fructose; oceans of toxic soft drinks are mass marketed as health or energy drinks; and crony corporations are granted license to peddle chemicals as natural ingredients.

Yet federal law prevents the mention of health benefits of natural products and foods like walnuts and cherries and how they can treat diseases, no matter how many scientific studies or real world experience proves their effectiveness or value.

The federal government argued in court in late December that pot is a dangerous drug with no medicinal value. The U.S. attorney’s office, representing Obama’s Justice Department, made the argument in a court filing Dec. 30, opposing a challenge to the long-standing federal law that classifies marijuana as a Schedule One drug along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy — substances that have a high potential for abuse and no safe medical use, according to SFGate.com.

Decades of abuse of the public mind has succeeded in equating marijuana with heroin, LSD and ecstasy. People now lump them all together, thinking of all of them as hard drugs or controlled substances. This is the old trick of lumping one substance with another to get a negative public image. And it has worked.

This means that whenever anyone proposes medical uses for marijuana or state legislation to legalize it for medical uses, a predisposed negative connotation automatically pollutes any chance of logical discussion. This is especially true of the so-called “conservative” voter and politician. When medical marijuana is the topic, visions of “stoned out potheads” and “Democrat welfare voters” is all they can see.

This propaganda has the “conservative” voter foolishly advocating against his own health and liberty. It’s similar to the way progressive voters are fooled into believing that advocates for liberty and small government are crazy anarchists. Government plays both groups against each other, and more government oppression results.

Epidiolex has been in the trial phase for many months and has shown promise in the treatment of several neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. The Food and Drug Administration is aware of this. The FDA is also aware that “cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties … [making] cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannaboids are found to have particular applications as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.” (Statement from U.S. government patent 6630507, titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”)

Cannabis marijuana medications have been used with complete safety for the treatment of many health problems, including asthma, glaucoma, nausea, tumors, epilepsy, infection, stress, migraines, anorexia, depression, rheumatism and arthritis.

As a food, pressed hemp seed contains some of the highest amounts of essential fatty acids in the plant kingdom. Essential oils are responsible for the immune responses and clearing the arteries of cholesterol and plaque.

Despite this knowledge, the federal government — and most of the Republican elected class — continues to fight tooth and nail against the use of cannabinoids for health reasons.