I agree with WhiteRabbit.
There is overwhelming evidence that cannabis has a multitude of medicinal purposes with little to zero side effects. Check with the CDC, they show 430,000 people dying from lung cancer from cigarettes in the US each year, 40,000 people will die from adverse reactions to prescription drugs (not abuse, but prescribed by their doctor).
From 1999 to 2007, the CDC reports only 26 people dying as a result of marijuana.
We let half a million people a year die from these legal drugs and don't consider them dangerous. Yet we worry that someone may be abusing marijuana and therefore we want to disallow its use to those who really need it.
In order to overdose on marijuana you would need to smoke 800 joints which would be impossible. You would be vomiting or passed out well before then.
BTW, I do not use marijuana, never have. But I am tired of being lied to and its time people did their own research to find out the truth. So, instead of taking my word for it, spend a 1/2 hour on google searching the subject. Make sure you stop by credible sites such as the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Compare how their research is reported with that of the DEA. The DEA doesn't cite any of their claims, they don't even give details to any of their broad statements.
The DEA claims for example that legal medical marijuana exists as marinol which is a synthetic THC. If you ask medical professionals (doctors, RN's) you will find that the only purpose of this pharmaceutical is more money for the drug companies. It does nothing for the patient. They also tell you that it contains over 400 chemicals. That is true, but only about 65 of these chemicals are unique to cannabis and they are in fact the very chemicals that make it useful. The remainder of the 400 chemicals are found in many other common plants.
In 1937, cannabis was made illegal by Congress without any research or debate. Medical doctors at the time protested, knowing the medicinal purpose of the plant and the lack of side effects. We have been told ever since that it is a dangerous drug, a gateway drug.
Quite the opposite is true. No evidence exists to show it is dangerous, plenty exists to show it is useful.
To wrap this up, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Because marijuana and its properties are unknown to most of us and we have been told that it is a danger, we have believed. There are many great resources available for you to look this up for yourself including the British Medical Journal which cites several books written on this topic. So, please stop believing everything you hear, look it up for yourself.
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