Maas: Medical marijuana has many benefits

WISCONSIN: Wisconsin’s health care system continues to be faced with rising costs, quality concerns and a lack of patient control. What if government bans on natural remedies were cancelled, or if Wisconsin just ignored them, out of compassion and respect for its people?

Poll after poll report widespread overwhelming popular support for medical marijuana. Twenty-one states now have passed legislation legalizing medicinal marijuana, including our neighbors Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota, where the law was vetoed by the governor.

After decades of suppression by Washington, the truth about medical marijuana is finally coming out. Dr. Tod Mikuriya, former director of marijuana research for the federal government, wrote in 1996: “I was hired by the government to provide scientific evidence that marijuana was harmful. As I studied the subject, I began to realize that marijuana was once widely used as a safe and effective medicine. But the government has a different agenda, and I had to resign.”

“Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance,” declared Drug Enforcement Agent administrative law Judge Francis L. Young. “There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality. … Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”

Not only is it therapeutic, marijuana has been shown to be preventive and curative.

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