Every week it seems that scientists have found another possible medical use for cannabis. This week scientists tell us that cannabis appears to stave off HIV. Recently we’ve also heard about how cannabis can help people with:
Yet, by law, cannabis remains a Schedule 1 substance, which is basically code for “the worst of the worst”. President Obama expects us to believe that cannabis is as medically useful as LSD and less medically useful than cocaine. Funny, I don’t see many news stories of people healed through the medical powers of acid.
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron have remained remarkably tight lipped about the medical benefits of cannabis. However, if the forthcoming human trials into killing cancer cells and reducing epilepsy seizures deliver good news then governments around the world will be forced to change their tune. Sticking to the old adage about never looking soft on drugs has been their guiding star but this inflexible approach must now change. The message needs to become more sophisticated, more nuanced. Is there potential for abuse with cannabis? Yes. Is it harmless when smoked? No. But is cannabis a bad thing in every way? Clearly not. The public have cottoned onto this fact and now politicians must catch up.
A couple of years from now it might start dawning on a lot of us that this anti-cannabis propaganda led by politicians and law enforcement for decades has deprived us of a life-saving medicine. Politicians have relentlessly spread the lie that cannabis is a terrifying, poisonous and worthless weed. Instead of supporting research into the medical value of a plant used for thousands of years the political and media establishment have supported attempts to eradicate the plant from the face of the Earth.
There is blood on their hands. And if Obama, Cameron, Merkel et al wish to walk away with any scrap of self-respect and reputation they need to act now.
Let’s start the research immediately. Human trials on cannabis oil.