May 1, 2005
Re "Pot Laws Pain Some Elders," Column One, April 28: As a three-time cancer survivor living on sheer determination, I wouldn't wish cancer on my worst enemy. Drug czar John Walters wants to compare pot with cocaine and thinks they are similar in a burst of euphoria? In my 20s, I tried cocaine and did not like its effect on me, so I quit immediately. I have smoked marijuana at times through my 20 years of battling cancer, and found it to be comforting and mostly helpful against nausea and other ill effects from chemotherapy.
April 20, 2005 |
Canada became the first nation Tuesday to approve a pharmaceutical prescription spray derived from the cannabis plant, a move that could shift the medical marijuana debate in the U.S. The drug, called Sativex, is being produced by GW Pharmaceuticals of Britain and is expected to be available in Canadian pharmacies within weeks, principally for the treatment of pain from multiple sclerosis.
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April 22, 2004 |
A federal court ruling Wednesday will allow the patients of a Santa Cruz medical marijuana collective to at least temporarily begin cultivating and using cannabis without fear of raids by drug agents. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel granted a preliminary injunction to the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana and denied a Bush administration attempt to dismiss a civil case brought by the collective to halt federal interference in their operations.
August 5, 2002 |
Even in a city where cross-dressing is a protected right--if not a cherished tradition--San Francisco leaders have turned heads recently by appearing publicly in a new type of trans-political apparel. Members of the ultraliberal San Francisco City Council have suddenly taken on states' rights--normally a conservative stance--as their cause celebre. Their opponent is none other than ultraconservative Atty. Gen.
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May 4, 2002 |
A federal judge ruled Friday that a California medical marijuana distributor has no constitutional right to dole out cannabis to the sick. The decision was another blow to the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the group had no right to sell marijuana under California's 1996 voter-approved medical marijuana law, which requires the sick to have a doctor's recommendation.
March 27, 2002 |
French Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin stirred controversy by suggesting that occasional smokers of cannabis should be treated with leniency. Supporters of conservative President Jacques Chirac, his neck-and-neck rival in the April 21 vote, slammed the remarks as irresponsible, while the pro-legalization lobby called for a debate on reform of France's tough drug laws.
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July 24, 2001
"Weed Again Crop of Choice Among Lebanese Farmers" (July 19) really riled me up. It tells how farmer Abu Mohammed can't support his family in any way except to grow marijuana to make the deadly drug hashish. My rage stems from the fact that I had to watch my daughter spend 25 horrible years as a drug addict, then die on my living room couch as a result. I can't condone anyone growing that stuff in order to feed his family. I can only hope that his children start as soon as possible to chew on the stuff as it grows in his fields, feel the high, get addicted to it and eventually die young after hellish lives as drug addicts.
July 23, 2001
Cannabis is no more effective than codeine for treating pain? ("Cannabinoids Compared With Codeine for Pain," July 9.) The last time I checked, codeine was commonly prescribed for pain because it is widely recognized to be effective. By comparison, that would make marijuana fairly effective as well. CLIFFORD A. SCHAFFER Director, DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy Canyon Country