MARIJUANA CONTROVERSY CONTINUES

MARIJUANA CONTROVERSY CONTINUES

There is a controversial subject that is keeping us confused, as it is the subject of many opinions and studies: Marijuana: And this subject keeps the attention of the public almost on a daily basis. The trade in marijuana promises to be profitable, but the use of the Cannabis drug appears to be injurious to human health and welfare, similar to cigarettes (now banned) and alcohol products, still active but more attenuated.
Very recently the Surgeon General of the USA Dr. Vivek is alleged to have admitted that Marijuana has some medical value. “We have some preliminary data that for certain medical conditions, Marijuana may be helpful,” an answer to a press question about its legalization.
He continued by saying that US marijuana policy should be driven by science, and whatever conclusions may be made in that forum. Though science in almost every country which grows and produces, displays an inconsistent, vacillating policies.
There are many activists who are encouraging legalization, who seem to have significant cash resources ready to support their position.

I do remember that my brother who treated many mentally disturbed patients attributed their problems to the use of this weed.
Now there is a publication put out by NIH (National Institute of Drug Abuse) concurrent with a study done by USA.,Gov about a year ago, and new studies are being conducted. But there are some interesting factors that arise from this publication.
Since 1980, the amount of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and related compounds have been increasing in the past three
decades. In 2012 the THC concentrations averaged at around 16%, compared to averages in 1980 of 4%. Apparently this is evident from Emergency Hospital records, but the consequences vary depending on the tolerance of the user.
There are so many warnings and adverse situations predicted by the scientific community, I am surprised that their comment is not supported by the Medical Society in Jamaica, the head of which is a well known psychologist. In a comment
“of this ‘dangerous’ drug. On February 2, this year , Dr. Dayton Campbell apparently supported by Drs.. Winston Delahaye and Geoffrey Walcott clearly pointed out the traumatic effects and the addiction that it’s use may cause.
On February 2, the “gavel” wrote in the Gleaner that as far back as 1999, Prof Archibald Macdonald pointed out that accident victims often had alcohol and/or marijuana in their bloodstream.

Marijuana is by far the most common illicit drug in the USA, and its increased use as “Medical Marijuana” seemed to have attracted the interest of all persons young and old since 2007.
Briefly, the THC in the drug is found in brain receptors in the ,brain altering co-ordination, mood and perceptions, disrupting thinking and problem solving, , learning and memory.
That IQ is lost between the ages of 13 and 38., is apparent,. The smoke can cause as many respiratory irritation like tobacco, in spite of being recommended for treating pain and epilepsy (though there are many other medications just as efficient, and less addictive).
Now I suppose I could go on and on: But perhaps the answer is to reduce the allowance to one ounce per day; an increase in punishment for greater use; reduction in planting quantity, and other methods that have been tried before. Possibly some compensation for those who will lose their crops is indicated.
(581 words)
Ref: Gleaner Letters, NIH pub: January 2014, The Weed Blog Feb,2015.
©Ramesh Sujanani

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