point and counterpoint on medicinal cannabis
They maintain "The use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, leads to lack of individual self respect, as well as lack of respect for society in general. Ultimately, marijuana and other illegal drugs destroy an individual mind as well as the `soul'. Since marijuana users are not able to distinguish between `right from wrong' the burden of use of illegal drugs is placed on each of us individually and society as a whole.".
Brain waves of chronic Cannabis users electroencephalographs (EEGs) cannot be distinguished between non users by just a visual exam. One study had shown a difference between heavy users and occasional users. Another study, which was the only study that took into account Age, and of health as subjects, displayed no difference in Event-Related Potential in their EEGs.
THC has caused brain damage in animals who were given at least 100 times the psychoactive dose as would be taken by humans to get desired effect. Sheer logic would tell us no one would use 100 times the amount that is needed to get the needed effect (7).
It is also interesting to Note that when Mr. Shea was informed of possible violations in the petition process, and ethical matters of the proposed law, he refused to listen because he did not like the informers politics. Certainly the opponents official opposition due to moral consideration must be questioned, if their spokesman feels violation of laws and ethics is no big deal.
They allege "Legalization of marijuana tells our youth that adults believe illegal drugs can be used responsibly. Within that atmosphere it is very difficult, if not impossible, to reach our youth and convince them that 'doing drugs is bad'. The youth of Alaska need our support".
Ending the abuse of any and all substances is a noble ideal, sending the right messages is a good idea too. Yet we fail to address what message we are sending?
Recently North Star Borough Schools two local schools felt the DARE program was effective in preventing drug abuse. School officials permitted the program to be canceled with no other prevention program in place. This also sends a message.
The "Partnership for a Drug-Free America", has Failed to address the issues of Alcohol, Tobacco, and prescription drug abuse. This program is sponsored by Drug, alcohol, and tobacco manufactures like Anheuser-Bush, Phillip Morris, Hoffman-La Rouche (8 ).