With the recent findings of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and his controversial admission of why he changed his mind on weed, we decided to take a look behind the main story and dig a little deeper, looking into a question the American Public has been demanding an answer for for years:
What is the government hiding when it comes to weed?
History of Weed
It is no secret that some of America's first leaders were cannabis users. George Washington smoked pot to alleviate tooth pain, and recounts his efforts to better cultivate and enhance his crops of marijuana multiple times in his written diary. Thomas Jefferson smuggled marijuana seeds from China to grow on his plantation. Hell, even recent president's such as George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and current president Barack Obama have admitted to toking up. Weed has always been a part of American society. So what is the deal? Where did we go wrong? Why is it that now when you smoke a joint(or more recently, take a dab) you get categorized as a lazy, cheetoh eating, criminal?
Anti Marijuana advertising started popping up in America in the late 1930's. Backed by the powerful William Randolph Hearst, the owner of the largest newspaper in America, these ads depicted marijuana users as murderers, rapists and other types of violent criminals. The Film "Reefer Madness" was the peak of the craze, a "mockumentary" of sorts, that depicts the cannabis user as a violent and crazy individual. Once this advertising was in place, the image of the cannabis user changed for good.
Alcohol Vs. Weed
With the marijuana industry booming, research and studies are being conducted at a much higher rate to look at the effects of the plant on the human body, you would expect the government to realize THEIR OWN findings and admit that there is medical value in the flower. However, that is not the case, as just last week the National Institute of Drug Abuse or NIDA posted an article claiming that alcohol use is less toxic than marijuana use. Much like the advertising of the 1930's and 40's these statements are just fallacies the government is pushing to the public, to counter the marijuana movement.
Let's throw out some facts and let people decide for themselves
- Number of alcoholic liver disease deaths: 15,990
- Number of Lung disease deaths from weed: 0
- Marijuana is known to help limit the effect or cure the effects of certain diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Heard Disease, and seizures
- Marijuana is 100 times less toxic than alcohol
- 51.5% of people over 18 reported as regular drinkers in 2010
- 40.4% of People admitted to trying Marijuana once in 2010
- 41,682 deaths were attributed to alcohol in 2010
- 0 deaths attributed to marijuana in 2010
As you can see, more people are using alcohol, and more people are dying because of it. Which substance do you think has the greatest risk?
U.S. Drones Used to Target Marijuana
Earlier this week the San Francisco Gate reported that Drones are being used out of Cape Canaveral in Florida to target marijuana growers and users. Unmanned flying vehicles, Drones were created with the idea of pulling off low visibility attacks and spy campaigns for the military, however recent statements have let it be known that for these uses the drones were an "utter failure."
Original costs of the drone program are estimated to be around $410 million, with another $55 Million being spent on maintenance since the programs inception. With a drug war that already has costs that are out of control, does it make much sense to add to these costs with a program that has failed elsewhere?
Government Patents CBD
We know the government is against weed, but we never really knew why. Now we might have an idea. What most people do not know is that while consistently relaying the message that marijuana has no medical value, the government has done just that, realized medical value AND patented it. Yes. It is True. The same government that has fought marijuana use and arrested millions of American and spent hundreds of millions of dollars doing so, also has had a Patent on the medical qualities of the plant since 2003.
Based on the work of 3 doctors, Dr. Aiden J. Hampson, a neuropharmacologist at the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Julius Axelrod (1912-2004), Professor Emeritus, National Institutes of Health, pharmacologist and neuroscientist who shared the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, and Dr. Maurizio Grimaldi, professor of neurology/neuropsychopharmacology and toxicology at NIMH, the government found a multitude of medical qualities of the marijuana plant specifically the CBD or Cannabidiol's in the plant. Most importantly that CBD can help people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Down's syndrome, Heard disease and certain other diseases.
So what exactly is the government hiding? They have grouped marijuana with other schedule 1 drugs like heroin and cocaine meaning that it has no medicinal value at all, however they also have a patent on the drug at the same time for its medical qualities? Talk about hypocrisy. Once again the government is looking for a dollar while the rest of just of are just trying to make a few cents.