Is Medical Marijuana Safe for Children?

Like some cancer patients in states where it's allowed, Mykayla Comstock uses cannabis as part of her treatment.

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Like some cancer patients in states where it’s allowed, Mykayla Comstock uses cannabis as part of her treatment.

Comstock is seven-years old. Her mother, a long time advocate for medical use of the illegal drug, has been giving her a gram of oral cannabis oil every day. Despite the fact that medical marijuana is legal in Oregon, where Comstock lives, the idea of giving it to a child still gives pause to many adults who associate the drug with recreational use that breaks the law.

As reported by ABC News, Mykayla was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July. Against her doctor’s wishes, her mother, Erin Purchase, began giving her lime-flavored capsules filled with cannabis oil after she had a poor response to her initial chemotherapy treatment. Her doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant, but while she was taking the medical marijuana, she went into remission in August. She continues to rely on cannabis to ease pain and nausea and her mother plans to continue giving her the drug during the additional two to three years of chemotherapy she still faces.  Purchase,  believes that certain components in marijuana, which show anti-cancer activity in many early studies, helped spark the remission. Mykayla’s current doctor knows she takes the capsules, but doesn’t discuss the marijuana as part of her medical therapy.

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Experts like Igor Grant of the University of California’s Center for Medical Cannabis Research warn that the effects of the drug on child development are unknown.  But the same is true for other medications used to fight pain and nausea that are currently given to children with cancer, as well as for powerful antipsychotic drugs that are used in long term treatment of childhood mental illnesses. Opioid drugs like morphine and Oxycontin, which are sometimes used to treat the severe pain that accompanies life-threatening cancer and other diseases, for example, can cause overdoses.

Although marijuana can be addictive, addiction rates are often lower than those to opioid drugs, and discontinuing opioids is associated with severe physical withdrawal symptoms not seen with marijuana.  While opioids can cause nausea and vomiting, marijuana reduces the risk of these symptoms that frequently plague cancer patients as side effects of radiation or chemotherapy.  Advocates like Purchase argue that if opioids are acceptable to treat youngsters’ cancer pain, then marijuana should be as well.

MORE: How Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging

The American Academy of Pediatrics, however, disagrees, and opposes the use of marijuana to treat young children, citing its addictive potential and the many unknowns about how it may affect developing bodies. The Institute of Medicine (IOM), a scientific group of experts consulted by Congress, analyzed the available data and since 1999 has acknowledged that certain legitimate medical uses of marijuana are worth additional study. While the panel noted that many effective treatments already exist to relieve nausea and cancer pain, it recognized that for some patients who may not respond to these therapies, the components in marijuana may be helpful.  The group’s main objection to the drug was its use in smoked preparations, which is not an issue in this case.

The IOM’s report highlights the need for much more research into understanding medicinal uses of marijuana—including for which symptoms or conditions it might be most effective, and for which patients. Those concerns are magnified when it comes to treating children like Comstock, who often are not included in clinical trials because of their young age, and who may have many more years to contend with any possible side effects of the drug. Some experts point out that not all of marijuana’s components, and their effects on the body, have been studied, not to mention well understood. Without more research, both doctors and parents will continue to face the difficult decision of giving youngsters a compound and hoping it will do more good than harm.

151 comments
CharlieWest1
CharlieWest1

is it safe for children is freaking orange juice safe for children? of course its good for them come one time? I love your magazine but why the idiotic question?

CharlieWest1
CharlieWest1

what a stupid question it cures cancer morons

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Katrinasmith

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roselenny001


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ronhuddleston
ronhuddleston

Here's another point to support the argument that this herb has far more benefit than most people know. I have recently had to quit smoking because I lost my job do to this country's ignorance and companies drug testing policies. I had an infection in my jaw above a rotting tooth and did not treat due to financial restrictions and laziness(maybe in part from smoking pot) and left untreated for close to a year. My understanding is that it is quite common for someone to die from an infection in the mouth that makes its way into the brain due to such close proximity. I was a heavy cannabis user from the time I got off work until I went to bed every night. The pain in my mouth was minimal if I felt it at all and I am still alive to tell the story. This to me implies anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and likely anti-pain properties. If someone has a better explanation I would very much like to hear it. I am in fact skeptical about most of the health claims(positive claims) about cannabis because I know that most addicts like my self would come up with almost anything to justify my use. I was born with "above average intelligence" and still have "above average intelligence" after 10+ years of use starting at 14 years of age. My problems with cannabis are directly due to my addictive nature(I love sex and a good rib-eye steak too by the way). I like what makes me feel good and that doesn't make cannabis an evil drug(and it is a mind altering substance whether you want to call it a drug or not - not a drug is the most retarded argument I ever heard - it's irrelevant). Dumb pot heads were dumb before they started smoking and we are all impaired a little when we are high. Cannabis if nothing else, can and does improve quality of life for suffering individuals whether it cures anything or not. I believe my experience and none of anyone's bull(for or against pot). All studies have the potential to be bias on both sides of the the argument and none of you can prove otherwise. Published studies are not proof of anything!!!!! Unless you believe that we, as human being are always honest. If someone has a terminal illness,(regardless of age) then they are "dying" and anything that improves their health or quality of life is worthwhile. Those of you who resort to name calling to get your point across are behaving like unenlightened animals and notice it's both the so called druggies and the anti-druggies doing the name calling. So obviously the pot has nothing to do with it!!! Be kind to each other or no one will respect your "opinion".

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healthcareservice01


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HeshamMostafa
HeshamMostafa

This is an actual discovery in cancer study. A clinical trial revealed that they were been able to diminish 3-year fatality rate in people with metastatic cancer malignancy by more than 5 times. There's nothing comparable to this effect in the whole oncology investigation. I repeat 5 times fewer people past away in three years after they studied one particular supplementary therapy. The treatment took it's origin from the tactic employed by nearly 200 Russian health care professionals, and the goal of the treatment is to enhance oxygen content in body tissues by using the renowned Buteyko breathing technique. These stunning outcomes are documented and all particulars of their treatment plan are identified in the Kindle book from Amazon.com “Doctors Who Cure Cancer”: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Cure-Cancer-Books-ebook/dp/B007IZZ4AQ/">Cancer</a> by Dr. Artour Rakhimov. Once you see anyone with cancer malignancy, feel free share!

BruceCain
BruceCain

Know thyself.  Heal thyself.  HippocratesFirst I would give a young child Cannabis before Ritalin, Antipsycotics etc.  Cannabis is as safe as a cup of coffee.  Yet no mention of the fact that schools make money by getting kids to take these dangerous drugs.  Yet I hear no call for studies on this one despite the fact antidepressants make it more likely you will commit suicide.  Now THAT is irony at its best.The bigger problem is we have been duped into not taking any responsibility for our own health.  Don't' "self medicate" they say.Let me translate that for you.  "You are a dumb sheep and will be instructed to take any crap WE see fit: vaccines, drugs etc.In the end let us keep in mind that "all of this" is really about the benjamins.

Paulpot
Paulpot

"Marijuana is the safest therapeutically active substance know to mankind", Judge Francis Young of the DEA.The fact that no evidence of danger appears after thousands of years of use is in itself evidence of its safety.The American Academy of Pediatrics are torturers not doctors.To deny anyone let alone children the right to life saving medicine is a crime against humanity.

QuietStormX
QuietStormX

Anyone who has smoked marijuana know the effect it has. You can't become addicted and their are no adverse effects when you stop. And no rational person smokes all the time like cigarettes. Shure there has to be more testing and study to know the treatment, effects and potential.

cmiller1
cmiller1

The active ingredient of marijuana, THC, increases the spread of a skin carcinoma (Cancer Reserch, 2007, vol 67, p. 7230-7237).  As an immune system suppressant, there should be concern that it would adversely affect survival from a variety of cancers (e.g. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol enhances breast cancer growth and metastasis by suppression of the antitumor immune response, J. Immunology, 2005, vol 174, n o. 6, p. 3281-3289. More research must be done before this drug is administered to cancer patients, particularly children.

CharlesEdsonRogersJr.
CharlesEdsonRogersJr.

www.phoenixtears.ca says it all.Cannabis oil cures cancer.Please check itout.And before you come back here and make fools of yourselves,please take some time out to think.Please? Cannabis,medicine for the 21 st century!

kasiola2003
kasiola2003

I'm 55, and I've been smoking weed since I was 15. I didn't graduate high school but got an almost perfect score on my GED, and then went on to college and received an Associates and a Bachelor's degree all with a GPA of 3.67 overall. I'm upbeat and positive and trust me, my life or rather my medical condition almost demands that I use cannabanoids in some form. I agree with francogcpt, I'd much rather give weed or some form of it to my kids rather than the poisonous drugs they give.

cj4b2
cj4b2

If they want to get rid of cancer, they should just go to Mexico and get vitamin B17 treatments. The FDA banned it in the U.S., but that is a whole other story. Look it up, the whole story is very intriguing. 

CommonSens
CommonSens

I am a little concerned that cannabis has altered your observation skills.  The paper is published by Meier et al. (not Dunedin).

They say that people make decisions and then seek advice that agrees with their point of view.  

Instead, try to look at this from an unbiased point of view, read the scientific, peer-reviewed article, and then ask yourself how it can be wrong.  If you can prove it wrong (scientifically, not anecdotally), then I would like to see it - but I am guessing that you can't.  In the meantime, we should consider the safety of vulnerable populations such as children and the long-term effects that adult decisions have on their lives.  Why take the risk?

MarcShakter
MarcShakter

 They should be using this girl as a study on the use of medical marijuana in child cancer patients. It stands to reason in the long term, if it reduces the pain and lets her eat normally, the benefits will outweigh the possible negatives. Improper nutrition for whatever reason in children can cause a lot of health problems in later life. Being in constant unrelenting pain can lead to depression, which can effect long term health both mentally and physically as well. If this helps a sick little girl get better, who is anyone else to say it's wrong without being scientifically proven to be harmful to a child's development? 

manolosf.md
manolosf.md

If the mother truly cares about her daughter getting over the cancer, and is not achieving a cure in Oregon, why not contact St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis?  They have treated and cured thousands of A.L.L cases. The debate has thus far centered around the child's use of her mother's marijuana, but instead, the debate should be why the mother is not pursuing all means of treating and curing her child's cancer?  Until the reports come out that all attempts have been made to treat her daughter's cancer, then her child's cancer just turns into an excuse to get and use marijuana.  http://www.stjude.org

Donna Hall
Donna Hall

They could force her to take some man-made concoction with many side effects then give her MORE prescribed concoctions to help her with those side effects and so on and and so on, or give her an herb right out of the ground. GO FIGURE.

Tara St Wood
Tara St Wood

when it's a life vs death situation you will try anything you can to help you and your situation

EpidiMagica
EpidiMagica

Where do you all think original medicene came from?  Most are plant based or mimic them.  Our ancestors knew the value of using herbs & plants for healing - in the beginning it's all they had.  Even birds & animals know enough to eat certain plants for prevention, relief, & healing from illness.  I don't understand what the big deal is here.  It's not like she is rolling one up for her kid to smoke and let's have a party.  I would not hesitate to administer an herbal alternative or addition to healing therapy as long as your physician agrees.  It may be just the extra kick it takes to lick the illness - or at least easier to deal with it during the healing process.

Debbie Stinnett
Debbie Stinnett

You can rest assured it is safer than the poison handed out under RX. Chemo should be banned or come with a label that states this drug can cause severe pain and a horrible death. Marijuana and hemp oil will not kill you. If it were my child it would be available but no chemo drugs of any kind. EVER!!!

EricSlyter
EricSlyter

I don't know.  And I'm a pretty staunch advocate for the legalization of marijuana.  Maybe this question might be relevant:  Are opiate pain relievers appropriate for children?  Preliminarily I'd say:  not in most cases, but maybe in extreme cases.  In the scenario described in this article, I'd say:  it's okay as long as it has a significant positive impact on the symptoms the child experiences, and any negative effects of the treatment don't outweigh the positive effects.  Cancer is a big monster for a child to have to encounter.

dumdum2150
dumdum2150

Pot is like the Military. If your CRAZY coming out. You were probably CRAZY going in. Speaking of crazy. What kind of numnut thinks pot is more dangerous for kids than Morphine?   

brmca001
brmca001

obvious troll is obvious 

JohnKrisfalusci
JohnKrisfalusci

mariana should be banned forever. this stuff is probably just as poisonous as heroin, meth, tobacco. Seriously, this causes nothing but more crimes, and think about it... all the prisoners in america are because of marijuana related offenses and all the addiction clinics are #1 in marijuana problems. We just dont need it... this stuff has no purpose on Earth whatsoever.. TRUST me~

cvwaller
cvwaller

@cmiller1 I would suggest you do more research on your research sir. That study was with skin cell cultures.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070801112156.htmTo study the combined effect of THC and KSHV, the researchers examined a culture of human skin cells, which are susceptible to infection and could provide a model of Kaposi's sarcoma. These culture cells display many copies of two prominent cannabinoid receptors. Dr. Groopman and his colleagues found that by bonding to these receptors, low doses of THC activate two proteins responsible for maintaining a cell's internal framework, or cytoskeleton.  More recent research and statistical analysis of actual human beings using cannabis show different results. Simply google it and read more than just the ones that agree with your opinion.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19108691 We did not observe any clear association with KS for recent use of any of the four drugs. In the analyses using lagged exposures, KS risk was associated with use of poppers 3-5 years prior [hazard ratio (HR)(3 years prior) = 1.27, 95% CI (0.97-1.67), HR(5 years prior) = 1.46 (1.01-2.13)]. However, no clear dose-response relationship was observed. These findings do not support a biological association between use of these substances and KS development in HIV- and HHV-8-coinfected homosexual men.

Hemp oil extract is not limited to THC. Smoked THC is not comparable to ingested cannabinoids. 

http://cannabisni.com/medicinal-cannabis-news/2435-beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center-harvard-medical-school-study-confirms-cannabis-science-s-approach-to-development-of-cs-tati-1-to-inhibit-kaposi-sarcoma

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cannabis Science, Inc., (CBIS) announces Harvard Medical School releases peer-reviewed study in the Genes & Cancer Journal strongly suggesting that Cannabidiol inhibits growth and induces programmed cell death in Kaposi Sarcoma–associated Herpesvirus-Infected Endothelium. These results from the study at Harvard Medical School support Cannabis Science's approach to the development of CS-TATI-1 to inhibit Kaposi Sarcoma.

The days of scare tactics, falsified research results and repression of research other than that predetermined to demonstrate negative effects are over. Marinol doesn't work. It doesn't work because it is synthetic and does not represent the whole range of cannabinoids found in the plant.

cvwaller
cvwaller

@CommonSens By that standard you should advocate prohibition of using pharmaceuticals on non-adults, as there is absolutely no testing done of those dangerous drugs on children or juveniles prior to prescription. Those pharmaceuticals are dangerous, with devastating side effects for many people - cannabis alone has never killed anyone. 

Citing research without knowing the details is a common failing. Prohibitionists held up a study wherein monkeys were forced to inhale cannabis smoke thru masks without adequate oxygen content. The resultant brain damage seen in autopsy was held forth as proof that cannabis kills brain cells, when the reality was suffocation was the cause.

BillInLA
BillInLA

@francogcpt  Your scientific studies on the subject consist of what -- you got high and went to some alternative med website?  I'm not anti-marijuana by any means -- used it with my wife's chemo nausea -- but sweeping statements like yours are just ... the sort of thing people say when they're high.

francogcpt
francogcpt

I would much rather have my child suck on a marijuana lollipop than take whatever there is in Nyquil, Acetaphetamine which are over the counter, and I would definitely rather opt for using medical marijuana over anything created by the Pharmaceuticals.  It's just healthier and that is a scientific and medical fact.

USPatent6630507
USPatent6630507

Her cancer is being treated with chemotherapy and cannabis and is remission. Your argument is irrellevent to to the facts of this case. Pay attention. Read the facts of the case before you make uninformed commentary..

MarcShakter
MarcShakter

@manolosf.md If you read the article she's in remission, so the treatment she is getting is working, but she still has a few years of treatments to be sure it stays gone. And most people that use or even abuse marijuana like you're implying with what you're saying, smoke it. She's giving her child cannabis pills, not giving her daughter her own marijuana. 

BillInLA
BillInLA

@Riette Breytenbach de Kock Yes, but unlike chemo, it doesn't attack the cancer.  Only ninnies and potheads think it does.  Marijuana stops the nausea.  That is what it does.  This mom's thinking is dangerously hazy if she thinks the marijuana put her daughter into remission.  So is yours if you think that.

hrlygrl369
hrlygrl369

@JohnKrisfalusci you are a numnut too with your ignorant, uninformed comments. I HOPE NOBODY in your family ever gets cancer, MS or any kind of brain problem because they are doomed

BillInLA
BillInLA

@JohnKrisfalusci I apologize for asking, but what medication did you fall off of before posting your amazingly stooopit comments?  Or did you just come over from Faux News?

MarcShakter
MarcShakter

@JohnKrisfalusci Marijuana.... This.... or tobacco. crime.... All..... America.... marijuana ironically spelled correctly in the middle..... Marijuana is not the number one problem in addiction clinics, that's alcohol and hard drugs.....  Marijuana does not have physical withdrawal symptoms, it's all mental, if someone wants to quit they easily can. Just because YOU don't need it doesn't mean others have no need or desire for it.. This..... me. 

redhawkedancing
redhawkedancing

@JohnKrisfalusci So, you're saying the plant was created by an almighty God that you plan on "blaming" for death, destruction and disease, but you would choose, in a very uneducated way of course, to remain closed minded enough to try and rob others of the chance to live healthier, more productive lives because of a plant that was placed upon this earth for us to "Have dominion over"?  Banned can not happen.  It's a natural plant that grows in places of it's own accord.  Man has, in its infantile yet progressive evolution, found ways to apply its medicinal uses to combat pain, cancer, nausea and lack or loss of appetite and productively access the raw medicines we have available to us without the use of pharmaceuticals (govt regulated of course).  I say sir, you are a part of what is wrong with the thought process in our nation and I hope you remain absent from politics.  More poisonous than meth, heroin, tobacco?  What rock have you been hiding under and which time period did you crawl out of?  Prisoners in America are caused by marijuana related offenses?  Okay, I believe you are severely limited in your thinking and definitely in need of re-education to something called FACTS.

hrlygrl369
hrlygrl369

@cvwaller what nobody in the medical field has admitted to which contrary to all the crap they say, EVERYBODY is different and react to medicine whatever kind it may be, differently. The medical people don't want to lose all the money they get for the pills and injections they push down our throats-be HONEST medical people and admit this much is true!!!!

CommonSens
CommonSens

@cvwaller @CommonSens Interesting that you mentioned, "Citing research without know the details is a common failing".  I would bet that you have not read the Meier study. (am I right?!). I am only stating the published, scientific evidence that cannabis causes brain damage in the form of significantly lowered IQ.

I say this - read the paper. Then (and only then) explain in scientific terms why it is wrong. I hate to spoil it for you, but there are no monkeys involved.

strathmeyer
strathmeyer

@BillInLA Sorry to hurt your feelings Bill but it's a pretty well know fact! No need to insult people when you learn something new!

BillInLA
BillInLA

@MarcShakter @manolosf.md Remission isn't cured. mano may have a point.  From what I've seen personally, marijuana is the best treatment for the nausea from chemo, but a mother who thinks it's putting cancer into remission is seriously lacking in judgment.

anonski
anonski

@BillInLA  Actually Bill, studies have shown that cannabinoids (active ingredients in cannabis) in fact DO attack cancer cells as well as inhibiting their growth. There is evidence that certain cannabinoids actually kill or repair cancer cells.

strathmeyer
strathmeyer

 Wow, Bill, why are you filling this thread with lies about ganja? What's your angle?

JohnKrisfalusci
JohnKrisfalusci

@hrlygrl369 @JohnKrisfalusci Insulting someone will never get your point across.. and besides you're a girl so go do what you do better like cook or play barbie dolls. Don't try to but into this argument you can't win.

JohnKrisfalusci
JohnKrisfalusci

@BillInLA @JohnKrisfalusci I don't take ANY medication. In fact, I don't drink any alcohol, no cigarettes, no prescription pills , not even Tylenol. No sugar, no junk food, no caffeine, and you know what? I am very healthy and very skinny and not a slave like the rest of you addicts, so please spare me your dumbarse insults thank you.

JohnKrisfalusci
JohnKrisfalusci

@MarcShakter @JohnKrisfalusci I don't think so, California has marijuana ranked at top 3 of addictions in all the clinics state-wide as same thing goes for New york. If you're telling me that marijuana has no withdrawal symptoms , I am not the one that is out of touch. Why DO addiction clinics even exist then?

JohnKrisfalusci
JohnKrisfalusci

@redhawkedancing @JohnKrisfalusci Think about it , we have violence and crime in America because of drug cartels and senseless gangs and drugs are a part of it. And you know what? Marijuana also fits into that equation. I'm sorry but when you see kids taking drugs and dying, and destroying our economy through black market , it's because of this.

And if you think inhaling 'smoke' is considered 'medicine', you need to go back to school and get educated. All this medical mumbo jumbo is another poor excuse for drug addicts to satisfy their pathetic appetites.

We learned at school at marijuana causes violence, increased crimes, brain damage, and cancer. Why do you think it has been banned for almost 100 years? Enough, im tired of arguing and just go do ur drugs but you will NOT jeopardize the innocent who are trying to find the truth. Also, in the Bible it says marijuana is EVIL but seriously, i wont even go there..

cvwaller
cvwaller

@CommonSens @cvwaller You are correct. I have not read the study from front to back. I read the summary and abstract when it was released. I researched the background of the Dunedin study. I note that all the official bodies involved here in the states are dependent on ONDCP and NIDA - which are under mandate to fund only research which is intended to demonstrate the negative effects of cannabis use. Empirical science does not operate under those restrictions. I do not advocate chronic use of cannabis for adolescents - but I fully support the medical use of cannabinoids for human beings of any age. This study does not address that situation. Prohibitionist propaganda has gotten more sophisticated, but the end objective has not changed. For every study such as this, there are numerous others which do not support the conclusions. The caveat at the end of the summary was indicative of that fact.

one.gold.lion
one.gold.lion

@strathmeyer @BillInLA  it's well known long term use of acetominiphen (sp?) and other over the counters' are awful for your body - kidneys, liver, stomach, etc.   marijuana though, scientists still can't find anything but benefits when used in a healthy manner. (vaporizer, edibles, oils, etc)pharms are made in a lab, pot is made in the ground. 

MarcShakter
MarcShakter

@BillInLA @MarcShakter @manolosf.md The article doesn't say she thinks it's curing her child with marijuana. She knows it's helping with the side effects of the chemo, which will hopefully cure her child. Remission from the chemo treatments is a good sign the treatments are working. It's so rare for cancer to go into remission on it's own, it has to be the chemo. I assumed everyone here had someone go through cancer treatments.. Remission isn't cured, remission is a very positive sign that the treatment is working. You have to be in remission and then clear of cancer for a number of years before you're considered cured. It could be a decade before this girl is cured, or more, no matter where you take her. The only point to mano's statement is to advertise for a hospital and promote the anti marijuana rhetoric by bashing the mother. 

markgallant85
markgallant85

@BillInLA Bill, was there someone you were close to who passed away from cancer? It can be hard to deal with the emotion and unfairness of slowly coming to realize that we are living in a world where the people who are supposed to be the ones with the answers are actually just making massive piles of cash off of the misery and fear and helplessness of you and your loved ones. If you, or anyone on this board wants to talk please e-mail me. I've had many tear-soaked discussions with many people who have lost people to something that is  both terrifying but also curable.  Please lets not attack people on here who maybe haven't done enough research or haven't seen for themselves. It can be VERY emotional for people who have lost loved ones needlessly and when they see the futility of appealing to the medical establishment or others who lose when people heal themselves. We will look back on this time and shake our heads at how we allowed our way of thinking to be so subtly manipulated over many years, but it will take some time. Lets be patient and let the plant speak for itself! markgallant85@gmail.com 

anonski
anonski

@JohnKrisfalusci @MarcShakter

"Then why has it been banned for almost a 100 years?" Because the government is sometimes... *GASP*... WRONG! Special interests, corruption, and good old fashioned propaganda."So if herion, crack, meth, pcp are harder drugs, marijuana is a 'softer' drug?" Yes." just because an article says theres no physical withdrawal symptoms doesn't mean its true." It isn't the article saying that, it's doctors and scientists. The article is just repeating these facts."you just stated that cigarettes are MORE addictive than marijuana... which you are implying that marijuana IS addictive." Not exactly. We can say that cigarettes are more addictive than milk and the statement would still be true. Besides, everything is addictive at least psychologically. So far, cannabis has been show to only psychologically addictive (in the same way sex and junk food are)."And no, I DONT smoke cigarettes, or drink alcohol or take caffeine or any pills for that matter," Nobody cares. It's your right to refrain or indulge in mind-altering substances and the government should not be able to have a say as to what you put in your body. It's your body.

JohnKrisfalusci
JohnKrisfalusci

@MarcShakter @JohnKrisfalusci Then why has it been banned for almost a 100 years? So if herion, crack, meth, pcp are harder drugs, marijuana is a 'softer' drug? 

Please, drugs are drugs whether its hard or soft or whatever... and just because an article says theres no physical withdrawal symptoms doesn't mean its true. Caffeine is a drug too no?

My point is, call it wahtever you want, but marijuana is STILL a drug and you just stated that cigarettes are MORE addictive than marijuana... which you are implying that marijuana IS addictive.

And no, I DONT smoke cigarettes, or drink alcohol or take caffeine or any pills for that matter, I am just proving my point thank you...

MarcShakter
MarcShakter

@JohnKrisfalusci @MarcShakter Mostly because of the harder drugs like heroin, crack, meth, pcp. They even state in the article marijuana doesn't have physical withdrawal symptoms, it's something that's been proven. Even cigarettes have physical withdrawal symptoms, and are more addictive then marijuana. 

anonski
anonski

@JohnKrisfalusci @VeraNarishkin @redhawkedancing Why do you just believe what your teachers tell you without checking the facts for yourself? All of the problems related to cannabis are the result of prohibition - look up alcohol prohibition. When we banned alcohol, gangs took over the black market of producing and distributing alcohol, resulting in violence, death and an assortment of other crimes. By making alcohol illegal, it gave violent mobster a cash cow to milk. The entire reason the Mob got so powerful in Chicago in the New England area was due to alcohol prohibition. When we finally repealed prohibition, the Mob's power diminished drastically, and they were forced to rely on other black and grey-market racketeering schemes. Alcohol production returned to the hands of legitimate businesses, as people who wished to purchase alcohol would rather not deal with gangsters.The same exact thing is happening with cannabis. Drug cartels and street gangs get anywhere from 50% to 70% of their revenue from cannabis alone. If we legalized it and gave legitimate businesses the opportunity to take over the industry, it would remove the criminal element. Most people would switch from purchasing cannabis from "some guy" to actual stores.It will be accepted, just as it was before the 1930s reefer madness hysteria kicked in. Do you know why cannabis is even illegal in the first place? I can tell you right now that it's not because of the effects of health. Two reasons - Racism and corporate greed. The reason we started calling it "marijuana" instead of cannabis (which is what it's know as through out the world except for racist America), was to associate it with Mexican migrant workers, who were known to smoke it. By making it illegal, it gave them a reason to round them up and deport them. Blacks were also stereotyped as cannabis users due to its use by jazz musicians, and it gave the government an opportunity to round up and arrest them as well. The chief financiers of anti-cannabis propaganda in the early days were Hearst Newspapers and DuPont Chemicals, two companies which had investments in materials which were in direct competition with hemp, a material made from cannabis plants used to make a variety of things. Hearst newspapers were infamous for printing front page news articles describing teenagers taking one puff of weed, then proceeding to go mad and murder their parents as well as stories about scary black men getting stoned and raping white girls.All of this was carried about Harry J. Anslinger, first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which eventually became the ONDCP. Here is a quote from Anslinger - "There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others." When the La Guardia Committee studied cannabis' effects and found that it was not addictive, does not make on go insane, does not contribute to juvenile delinquency and it not a gateway drug, this infuriated Anslinger. He decided to organize his own study with the American Medical Association, with the specific intent on disproving the La Guardia Committee's findings. They were unable to.So... tl;dr Your teachers lied to you.

JohnKrisfalusci
JohnKrisfalusci

@VeraNarishkin @JohnKrisfalusci @redhawkedancing That's NONE of your business. I'm smart so I don't even go to a public school. We learned this stuff causes more violence and increase in crime and unwanted gangs, cancer, and brain damage. And no, I am NOT trolling I'm tired of this bs. 

Our teachers at our school are writing to Congress the dangers of legalizing this stuff and I'm glad we got Oregon to not pass. Medical or not, it will never be accepted, I'm sorry but it's the truth and sometimes truth hurts. Its just too dangerous. Anyways, I'm done with all you ppl, arguing with you guys is pointless...

CharlesEdsonRogersJr.
CharlesEdsonRogersJr.

@JohnKrisfalusci @redhawkedancing What you learned in school were lies and sorry you aren't educated enough to know the difference.Sad that there are so many citizens who belief the lies and cannot take 5 minutes and learn the truth.I hope you never get cancer,cause you are too boneheaded to try and save yourself.The Bible says "All seeded plants are put on the Earth for mans use" so you are horribly wrong there too.Take your own advice and quit..as you are not ahead.

anonski
anonski

@JohnKrisfalusci  Guys, this is a troll. It's pretty obvious. He is intentionally making points that are easily and commonly refuted by cannabis supporters. Make cannabis legal and it's not in criminal hands anymore. Most people who take it for medicine do not smoke it, they use edibles, pills, or tinctures. The Bible says that we should utilize all plants for their most important uses. The #1 reason for people to enter addiction clinics is for cannabis, because cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug, and because people sentenced to cannabis-related crimes are forced into programs (they had no choice.) It is less poisonous than other drugs because it is impossible to overdose on, and impossible to die from.

RickSteeb
RickSteeb

@JohnKrisfalusci @CharlesEdsonRogersJr. Egregious ignorance can be cured.   Google "Storm Crow's List".   Try: THC+CBD+glioma in your search engine of choice.  Look up the "Tashkin Study".

Then report back here, OK?

JohnKrisfalusci
JohnKrisfalusci

@CharlesEdsonRogersJr. @JohnKrisfalusci Listen to me, smoking ANYTHING into your clean lungs cannot be considered healthy no matter who or what you are. To consider that as 'medicine' is an outrageous statement. It IS or WAS considered a crime because of the dangers associated with it. Even as we speak I'm getting links and articles so I'm slowly reading on it. Each time I respond I get more responses so I'll just stop here k? Enough...

CharlesEdsonRogersJr.
CharlesEdsonRogersJr.

@JohnKrisfalusci @CharlesEdsonRogersJr. And you honestly think smoking pot is a major CRIMe and another dollar should be wasted on something the PEOPLE want?11 trillion since 1971..could send 550,000 students to 4 years of college tuition free.And I'm the jerk.At least have some substance to your statements.Druggie? Hardly..

JohnKrisfalusci
JohnKrisfalusci

@CharlesEdsonRogersJr. @JohnKrisfalusci I am not setting myself up for anything you ignorant jerk. I am giving a personal opinion of what's right and you should respect that.  The only stupid statement is your idiotic comments and you know what? I don't even know why I'm spending the time to respond to someone like you.. have a nice life u druggie!!

CharlesEdsonRogersJr.
CharlesEdsonRogersJr.

@JohnKrisfalusci @CharlesEdsonRogersJr. You set yourself up for insult by your stupid statement that has zero validity.And you have the gall to say "trust me" I am so glad that zero % trust you as you are uneducated about cannabis and are just parrotting the lies of yesteryear.