06/06/2005: "The Medical Marijuana Case, And Why Marijuana is Illegal"music: by H.L.
The Medical Marijuana Case, And Why Marijuana is Illegal
The Supreme Court has ruled that users of Medical Marijuana are still subject to arrest,
and prosecution, even if they live in a state that has ruled in favor of Medical Marijuana. California, which legalized medical marijuana in 1996, paved the way for the legal medical marijuana, in a referendum vote that was passed by a majority of the voters.
The federal Government has maintained ever since that Marijuana is illegal in all forms despite what laws that California and other states such as, Vermont, Colorado, Hawaii, Alaska, Maine, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and Nevada have passed.
In California after the ’96 law went into effect, some doctors began issuing prescriptions for medical marijuana, that could be filled in Cannabis Clubs in places such as Berkeley, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Long Beach. Shortly after the Cannabis clubs were raided and shut down by the Federal Government; The people associated with growing the marijuana, and running the clubs were arrested.
The case came about when 2 users of medical marijuana sued The Attorney General, John Aschcroft, for the right to use the drug, as the states laws allowed them. The Federal Governments contention was that marijuana was controlled under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, and it was not up to states to pass regulation that was addressed under Federal Law.
Angel Raich, and Diane Monson, both from California brought the suit, which was heard by the Supreme Court. In it’s ruling The Supreme Court sided with the Federal Government, but Justice J.P. Stevens wrote in the decision that The Congress could change the laws to make medical marijuana legal. Diane Monson went on record after the verdict was announced that she would continue to smoke marijuana in defiance of the law. She said she was prepared to be arrested; This issue will continue to be a newsmaker for the foreseeable future.
Why is Marijuana Illegal?
The Marijuana plant, also known as the hemp plant was widely used for many purposes before it became illegal in 1938, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp according to “The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy against Medical Marijuana.” By Jack Herer.
Benjamin Franklin started one of the first paper mills in the Colonial America with Cannabis; which allowed America the means to have a free press without having to justify the need for paper from England. It is quite possible that without cannabis hemp, The American Revolution would have never occurred. The Cannabis plant was used in making rope, twine, lighting oil, paints, textiles, varnishes, housing material, ship sails, and of course paper.
According to a Bulletin published by the USDA in 1916, One acre of hemp could produce as much paper as 4.1 acres of Trees over a 20 year period. Hemp was the largest crop grown in America, being used in all of the above. A passage from “The Emperor
Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer, explains the main reasons for Marijuana becoming illegal, anyone familiar with current Government policies will have no trouble believing or understanding any of the following:
In the mid ‘30s New hemp fiber stripping machines had been invented, and had become affordable, as a result of this the enormous Timber Acreage, and businesses of Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division Kimberly Clark, (USA) St. Regis, and virtually all other timber, paper and large newspaper holding companies stood to lose billions of dollars and perhaps go bankrupt. Coincidentally, in 197, Dupont had just patented processes for making plastics from oil, and coal as well as new sulfate/sulfite process for making paper from wood pulp. According to Du Pont’s own corporate records, and historians, these processes accounted for over 80% of all the companies railroad car loadings over the next 60 years into the 1990s, If hemp had not been made illegal 80% of Dupont’s business would never have materialized and the great majority of the pollution which as poisoned our Northwestern and southeastern rivers would not have occurred.
In 1937 Harry Anslinger the nephew of Andrew Mellon, himself a business tycoon who would lose a lot of money because of cannabis, testified before congress that Marijuana was the most violence causing drug in the history of mankind. Anslinger was made head of the modern equivalent of the DEA, a position he held for 31 years, and Marijuana was made illegal.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help
Sufferers of such diseases as Cancer, AIDs, and Glaucoma, are likely to be effected by the Supreme Courts decision, on medical marijuana. The active ingredients in marijuana may help to relieve pain, wasting, nausea, vomiting, and wasting in AIDs patients.” This was included in a report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 1999. The report called for further study to be done on the subject, to this date increased study on Marijuana’s effectiveness at helping sick patients has not been carried out due to the Federal Governments excessive persecution of Marijuana in all its forms.
Advocates of Medical Marijuana espouse the beliefs that the plant will help sick patients in the following ways.
.Relief from vomiting caused by severe nausea brought about by Anti Cancer Drugs.
.Marijuana has long been none as the only means of controlling Glaucoma, an eye disease that can lead to blindness.
.Stimulation of appetite in AIDS Patients, which slows the onset of wasting that the disease causes.
Many other uses for Medical Marijuana would become known if more testing were done.
Look for a long battle on the marijuana front. When our Peak Oil runs out. Marijuana and cannabis may have to become the fuel of the future.