Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Cannabis: the anti-aging drug

(a brilliant excerpt from the debate surrounding the Colorado SAFER initiative and ballot)
Dr. Robert Melamede, associate professor at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, has researched free radicals (highly reactive chemicals our bodies produce as a byproduct of how we burn fuel) and DNA repair for decades. Dr. Melamede has been interested in cannabinoids for years, having started to consume cannabis when he entered college at age 16.
“What we now know is that we all make marijuana-like compounds, and those compounds help to homeostatically regulate and balance our biochemistry, and they do that literally almost everywhere in your body,” says Dr. Melamede. “Marijuana mimics the way our bodies normally work. In many respects, it can be viewed as an anti-aging drug.”
State Representative Gary Lindstrom supports the passage of Amendment 44.
“I was a police officer for several years, and I’ve always felt that (Colorado and national) marijuana laws are Draconian at best. They virtually have no purpose whatsoever,” said Lindstrom. “I just think that the time has come.”
Blair Anderson
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  • At 1:31 am, November 04, 2006, Blogger Blair J Anderson said…

    Newshawk: The GCW
    Votes: 1
    Pubdate: Sun, 10 Sep 2006
    Source: Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO)
    Copyright: 2006 The Gazette
    Author: Robert Melamede

    Users of Medical Marijuana Shouldn't Be Persecuted

    The Drug Enforcement Agency will lose its absurd war on marijuana, because its efforts are based on lies ( "Let Colorado decide - DEA should butt out of state ballot debate," The Gazette, Aug. 30 ).

    Marijuana is a unique medicine because it is the only plant that taps into a very special system naturally found in our body - the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates all other body systems ( immune, cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, etc. ), and does it in a way that helps protect us from age-related illnesses.

    Peer reviewed scientific publications show that cannabinoids, as found in our body, in the marijuana plant, and now synthetically developed by pharmaceutical companies, can protect us from cardiovascular illness such as arteriosclerosis, heart damage, neurological damage such as Alzheimer's, autoimmune illnesses such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and diabetes. It regulates our pain levels, body temperature appetite and more.

    I could go on and on, but the point is that marijuana relieves suffering and is safe and effective. More and more, Americans are believing their friends and relatives and the science. Only our government is out of touch with reality.

    I am proud that Coloradans will have the opportunity to legalize small amounts of marijuana this November and help place an end to the current lunacy that makes criminals out of sick people.

    Robert Melamede

    Colorado Springs

  • At 5:51 am, November 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    cannabis.... anti-aging?!

    No wonder those hippies still look young!


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