Last April a letter to the editor was published in the Columbian news paper. I can’t help but attempt to respond when I read these types of ignorant statements. I waited the mandatory 30 day period between this and my last letter. I believe I hit the 200 word limit on the button. At this point in time it’s obvious to me the publisher hasn’t seen fit to print my rebuttal. Here’s the letter that raised my ire;
Here’s my letter (that didn’t make print) in response;
In Kenneth Juergen von Husan’s missive dated April 17 and titled _A prescription still drug use_, his last sentence reads, “There is no such thing as ‘medical marijuana,’ pot is pot.” This statement leads me to believe Mr. Husan is woefully ignorant on the medicinal efficacy of cannabis. In the interest of education allow me to briefly point out;
It’s documented that cannabis has been used as an herbal medicine for over 2,300 years.
GW Pharmaceuticals is currently marketing a cannabis derived product (Sativex) in Canada and several European nations. This medicine is used to treat MS and severe pain. Several other pharmaceutical companies are following suit.
WSU is currently involved in a study to verify the synergistic relationship between cannabis and opiate pain relievers.
The Washington State Department of Health has approved cannabis in the treatment of several maladies, from pain to eating disorders.
Current studies are showing that cannabis may very well shrink tumors associated with breast cancer. Though the results aren’t conclusive at this point there is evidence that cannabis may even prevent some cancers.
With a 200 word limit I’m forced to keep this class session short. The bell has rung. You are dismissed.