The Obama Administration said last week that it “firmly opposes” the legalization of any illicit drugs, including marijuana. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, has said repeatedly that legalization is not in his vocabulary, and publicly stated, “Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit.” He has no medical training and did not qualify his statements with any opinions from medical professionals. Kerlikowske’s 39-year-old son Jeff is in jail in Florida for parole violations stemming from marijuana-related charges. Kerlikowske said he has not spoken to or seen Jeff in over a decade.
“Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit.”
This is an interesting perspective for the White House considering marijuana’s use as a medicine has several well-documented beneficial effects. Among these are: (http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=5838)
- the treatment of nausea and vomiting,
- stimulation of hunger in chemotherapy and AIDS patients,
- lowered intraocular eye pressure (shown to be effective for treating glaucoma)
- general analgesic effects (pain reliever)
- treatment of premenstrual syndrome
- treatment of unintentional weight loss, and lack of appetite
- treatment of “spasticity, painful conditions, especially neurogenic pain, movement disorders
- treatment of asthma
- treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (consisting of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- treatment of migraines
- treatment of fibromyalgia
- relieves certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries by exhibiting antispasmodic and muscle-relaxant properties
- reduces motor and vocal tics of Tourette syndrome and related behavioral problems such as obsessive–compulsive disorders
- treatment of alcohol abuse
- treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or AD/HD)
- treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- sickle-cell disease
- sleep apnea
Again, maybe the White House should re-think their drug-control strategy. Maybe Kerlikowske should receive medical training or at lest qualify his statements with any opinions from medical professional before insulting the hundreds of thousands of Americans who benefit from the medical use of marijuana.
If you have been charged with a drug offense or need assistance in enrolling in the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program, please contact Samantha Moffett at 248 624-5500 otSamantha@ambroselawgroup.com.