The underlying reasons for all of this are ignorance (too many people have been totally brainwashed by lies about cannabis) and fear (of the unknown)...
On both sides of the political spectrum or aisle, there are way too many elected representatives who are led by blatant propaganda about cannabis as medicine and have been highly irresponsible and reckless by not looking at what the real experts have to say about the medical efficacy and medical safety of cannabis...
Of course this young man should not be deprived of an education because his physician AND HIS DAD know that cannabis is effective at relieving his symptoms...and of course this is blatant discrimination, and lawsuits should be filed ASAP.
I'm a former high school teacher and I don't remember any of the schools I worked sending any student home for being stoned -- truth be told -- unless they were causing trouble too or they were caught with the cannabis on them (not in them) or they just reeked of it (and then admitted to using it)...
But this student uses STATE-LEGAL, doctor-recommended cannabis lozenges OFF CAMPUS that don't smell and he gets less impaired from cannabis than valium or xanax (a common negative side effect of these meds is that they are too sedating and make it difficult to focus). So unjust and arbitrary.
And I hate to break it to the fear mongers, but a good portion of the high school students who used cannabis when I taught were some of the best students (not promoting or encouraging it as an educational tool, just saying cannabis use in high school -- during or after school -- is quite common).
So, we shouldn't be kicking out the students who are actually using it for medical purposes, as it does not negatively affect other students or the educational environment.
When will these dunces, cowards, and crooks stop undermining their own Constitution?
Can we press criminal charges or sue for violation of HPPA laws and for violating our constitutional rights?
The FEDS are proceeding as if they are not at all bound by the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which is clear that issues not enumerated by the U.S. Constitution -- for instance, health and medical issues, like medicinal cannabis -- are left for each state to decide. The 10th Amendment is a key foundation of Federal Supremacy, but many Colorado Judges are blindly proceeding, as if the 10th Amendment doesn’t exist.
The current Federal prosecution of caregiver Chris Bartkowicz is a perfect example of the FED's contempt and disregard for states' rights and disregard for their own Bill of Rights, namely the 10th Amend. And to deny Bartkowicz the right to present the whole truth and nothing but the truth -- that is, he was growing for medicinal purposes and for patients -- is tyrannical Kangaroo B.S.
At least some of our elected officials, like Boulder's D.A. Stan Garnett, who is running for Colorado's Attorney General, respects Colorado's Medical Marijuana Law (Amendment 20 of Colorado's Constitution), and he is consistent in his support of states' rights.
Cannabis has been used medicinally for millennia, by cultures all over the world. In the United States, cannabis products -- especially cannabis tinctures manafactured by big pharma like Merck, Eli Lilly, and ParkeDavis -- were widely prescribed from the mid-1800s until 1942, when the enormously foolish and racially-charged "Marihuana Tax Act of 1937" was pushed through Congress -- over strong objections from the American Medical Association, submitted on record to Congress.
Despite the AMA's objections to the first medical prohibition of cannabis, the tainted "Marihuana Tax Act of 1937" led to cannabis's illegitimate removal from the U.S. Pharmacopeia in 1942. Until then, cannabis was one of the most commons ingredients in medicine, and more than a 100 papers had been written on cannabis's medical efficacy.
Cannabis has been studied and dissected for thousands of years; and we know a lot more about cannabis than we know about some of the new, far more "advanced" FDA-options, like Vioxx, which killed almost 28,000 people in just a few years, according to FDA estimates.
Cannabis, on the other hand, cannot kill from toxicity and has many distinct pharmacologic properties including analgesic, antiemetic, antispasmodic, antioxidative, neuroprotective, antidepressant, anxiolytic, and antiinflammatory properties, as well as the capacity for glial cell modulation and tumor growth regulation. Cannabis's application in pain management is especially promising as cannabis inhibits pain in “virtually every experimental pain paradigm” in supraspinal, spinal, and peripheral regions.
Even the FEDS (HH&S) have a patent on cannabis's active components, cannabinoids, as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. Not to mention, the FEDS have had their own federal medical cannabis program for the last three decades (while closed by Bush Senior in the early 90s, a handful of patients were grandfathered into the IND federal program & 4 patients still receive FEDERAL MEDICAL CANNABIS, grown at the University of Mississippi and sent to them every month. The longest surviving patient, Irv Rosenfeld, is sent 11 ounces every 25 days).
Because of an amazing array of healing properties, cannabis is used in the treatment of many conditions and diseases, including Cancer; Glaucoma; HIV/AIDS ; Cachexia; Severe Pain; Severe Nausea; Seizures, including those that are characteristic of Epilepsy; Alzheimer’s disease; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease); Diabetes Mellitus; Dystonia; Fibromyalgia; Gastrointestinal disorders; Gliomas; Hepatitis C; Hypertension; Incontinence; Multiple Sclerosis; Osteoporosis; Pruritis; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Tourette’s Syndrome; Parkinson’s; and Huntington’s, to name just a few.
Considering FDA-approved medicines kill tens of thousands of patients each year and grossly injure many more, helping to block access to cannnabis, an ancient herbal medicine that cannot kill from toxicity, is misguided and draconian.
Though smearing the vehicles of the dangerously ill-informed and misguided with salad dressing doesn't help spread the medical truth. Maybe if somebody gave Mr. Waller a copy of Dr. Lester Grinspoon's "Forbidden Medicine" and a summary of all the recent clinical trials; and he actually read them, he would see the error of his ways.
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