Legalize cannabis

Published 10:10am Friday, November 9, 2012

To the editor:

Today I sit here in confusion and yes, in sorrow as well. Today 11.9 million American citizens can legally use cannabis for recreational purposes.

Yet after four years of lobbying and begging and educating and pleading, the legislators of the State of North Carolina still will not allow it’s use for medicine when a doctor recommends it.

I find this quite odd. It has now been proven that cannabis can kill or reduce the production of cancer cells in the body.

We now know that our own bodies carry an endo-cannabinoid system, which regulates every other system within the human body.

We now know that our bodies have millions and millions of receptors for cannabis in every major organ, including the skin. We know our endo-cannabinoid system, when properly supplemented, regulates all your systems including the amount of moisture in your eyes and lips.

We now know that regular cannabis use can prevent Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and numerous autoimmune diseases. We now know that veterans suffering with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD are greatly benefited by the use of medical cannabis.

We now know our own government knew, back in the early 70s, that cannabis killed breast and lung cancer cells. We now know our own government holds five separate patents for cannabis for medical use, while maintaining it has no medical value.

Citizens in 18 states and the District of Columbia can now legally use cannabis for medical purposes.

A total of 11.9 million Americans, over the age of 21, can now recreationally and legally use cannabis while North Carolina patients are left to suffer and be forced to use harmful and toxic pharmaceutical drugs.

As a compassionate and caring citizen, isn’t it your duty, to at least write a letter to NC’s legislators and tell them we need compassion and common sense in our state?

- Jean Marlowe, Mill Spring

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