Doctors Stand Up Against Cannabis Being an Addictive Substance
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/05/2014 in Marijuana Politics
On Monday, a federal judge in California is scheduled to hear testimony from doctors, that refute the U.S. governments claims that marijuana is an addictive drug with no medical benefit. Doctors will testify that cannabis is not the demon gateway drug the government makes it out to be, reiterating yet again that there is no accepted science to justify the listing of marijuana as a dangerous “Schedule 1” substance.
“It is my considered opinion that including marijuana in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act is counter to all the scientific evidence in a society that uses and values empirical evidence,” Dr. Hart, an associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University said. “After 2 decades of intense scientific inquiry in this area, it has become apparent the current scheduling of cannabis has no footing in the realities of science and neurobiology.
This is an unprecedented hearing, writes deputy director of NORML, and cannabis law reform advocate, Paul Armentao. “This is the first time in recent memory that a federal judge has granted an evidentiary hearing on a motion challenging the statute which classifies cannabis to be one of the most dangerous illicit substances in the nation.”
‘Testimony for the evidentiary hearing of United States v. Pickard is expected to last 3 days. Attorneys Zenia Gilg and Heather Burke said that, “In effect, the action taken by the Department of Justice is either irrational, or more likely proves … [that] marijuana does not fit the criteria of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance.”
Former White House Drug Czar deputy director under George W. Bush, Bertha Madras, will defend the Schedule 1 designation as the government’s witness. Madras claims that cannabis has no accepted medical use and is unsafe. While criminalizing the cannabis plant, Mandras says that she does however, support the pharmaceuticalization of THC and CBD. “Although more than 30% of current therapeutic drugs are plant-derived, no one currently eats or smokes foxglove plants to treat a heart condition, chews cinchona bark to alleviate malaria symptoms, or eats opium poppies to relieve post surgical pain.”
“There is a pandemic sweeping across America,” says Jason Draizin, CEO of MarijuanaDoctors.Com, “every year prescription pills are killing more than 22,000 people, yet inhaled or ingested marijuana has no known level for overdose… Even President Nixon’s own National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, found ‘little proven danger of physical or physiological harm from the experimental or intermittent use of the natural preparations of cannabis’. We are a culture that base our society on the facts of science and the empirical data that it provides. Yet when it comes to cannabis, the government is intent on feeding us fiction pretending that marijuana has no known medical benefit, while in the shadows it is sneakily acquiring cannabis patents that claim otherwise. The time to change the scheduling of cannabis, for the greater benefit of medicine and science, is definitely now.”