Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes
In 1936 when Marijuana was made illegal it was considered a medicine in good
standing with the American Medical Association. At the time Marijuana could be
found in twenty eight different medical products and countless other consumer
products. On November 5th, 1996 California and Arizona passed propositions allowing
the return of medicinal Marijuana use.
The campaign in 1936 to make Marijuana an illegal substance was championed by
two large companies, Dupont Chemicals and Hearst Newspapers, that gained
financially by having Marijuana banned.
For Hearst Newspapers it was to protect
the investment that they had just made buying a large amount of paper trees.
Marijuana can produce about 4 times the amount of paper
per acre than trees, and
twice as many fibers per acre than cotton. (Hempnet 1)
Hearst was well aware of
this and moved to ban Marijuana. Marijuana costs little to grow and can be made
into cloth, canvas, and other high quality textiles.
The use of Marijuana for
textile production would have seriously hurt Dupont who had invested heavily in
both paper production and the use of cotton.
In 1936 Dupont joined Hearst and
using scare tactics and effective lobbying were able to ban the growth, sale, and
use of Marijuana.
Besides denying the public of the use of Marijuana as a textile, food source,
and alternative energy source, these large companies selfishly robbed many sick
people of a drug that can help them.
Marijuana can be used to combat glaucoma,
epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, back pain, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, migraines,
emphysema, cystic fibrosis, and promotes appetite in some cancer and AIDS patients.
Drugs like morphine, valium, lithium, and codeine are regularly given to patients
and are far more addictive, having many more negative affects than Marijuana.
Marijuana "has little effect on major physiological functions.
There is no known
case of a lethal overdose; on the basis of animal models, the ratio of lethal to
effective dose is estimated at 40,000 to 1." (Bakalar and Grinspoon 1875)
"Marijuana, like aspirin, a substance known to be unusually safe and to have
enormous potential health benefits. .
.. In fact in a 1990 survey, 44% of oncologist
said they had suggested that a patient smoke marijuana for relief of nausea induced