William Breathes's profile of Sean Azzariti, a veteran who treats his PTSD with medical marijuana, has inspired plenty of shares in recent days. And it also sparked an extended message from one reader, who is frankly puzzled as to why the federal government continues to contend that weed has no medical purpose.
I find it harder and harder to believe that there are still people out there that think medical marijuana is a dangerous drug and should be classified as schedule 1 still. In this day and age, especially with the Internet, you would think that enough of the truth about cannabis prohibition and its hopeful re-legalization would be readily available and easily disseminated from all the lies and propaganda spread by the FED. In 1999, a patent was filed by the department of health and human services of the FED Gov that proved that a canabinoid found in cannabis actually shrinks and kills some cancer tumors. That in and of itself should take it off schedule 1. And the idea that it is highly addictive and has a very high potential for abuse should also be thrown out as there is absolutely no proof that there is any form of addiction to any of the components in cannabis. Sure, some people may THINK they are addicted, but take it away from even the most hardcore daily smoker and the most you get is a very pissed off individual because he cannot get high anymore. No withdrawal, no puking, no delirium tremens, no fever, no chills, no snot running everywhere, diarrhea, etc that you see with true addiction. Especially opiates which are only schedule 2 or 3 by the way. Also, if pot is so addictive as to be schedule 1, where are the news stories about the people robbing liquor stores or 7-11s for money to get their next "Fix" of cannabis. It is literally High time WE ALL came together and use our 2nd amendment rights to protect and defend our 20th amendment rights as guaranteed by the Colorado State Constitution and the US constitution. It is time for us to take back the money wasted by all the politicians over the past 70 years spent on this fake "War on Drugs." It has FAILED people. You cannot wage war on a plant that will grow almost anywhere and until you actually start targeting the demand for the drugs, you will never make a dent in the amount consumed by the US people. The money for cocaine goes either to the drug lords south of the border, or worse, into a lawyers pockets, a judges paycheck, the district attorney, the court clerk, the wardens, guards, etc that get their wage in part to cannabis being illegal.
For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.