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Letter: Medical marijuana

February 1, 2014

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To the editor:

I found the Jan. 27 editorial on medical marijuana well-intentioned but inadequately researched. I urge you and your readers to review the article posted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN at http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana/ and some of the associated links. Like you, Dr. Gupta initially was opposed to the use of medical marijuana. However, he completed in-depth research on the subject. He now believes that, in certain instances, medical marijuana offers the only hope to individuals who suffer from certain specific and intractable conditions, such as epilepsy, that have not responded to established treatments. 

Every year, families from other parts of the country travel to Colorado, at great financial and personal expense, in order to seek treatment for their children. If the treatment is successful, these families must remain in Colorado to continue treatment and are unable even to visit their relatives in other states, as the transport of the medical marijuana their children require is a crime.

I believe that Kansas should approve medical marijuana for cases such as I’ve described. If, however, the state does not wish to embark upon the regulation and oversight of medical marijuana sales, it should adopt a law that permits the transport and use of medical marijuana from states where it has been legally prescribed. 

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Ron Holzwarth 2 months, 2 weeks ago

One of the most amazing things about the marijuana, or hemp plant, is that it is one of the most genetically variable plants in the world.

What that means is that it can be selectively bred to produce a mind boggling amount of different chemical substances. One of the interesting ones is that the oil from the seeds can be used to power a Diesel engine, with no modifications at all.

But, it goes much further than that. With selective breeding indoors, 4 to 5 generations can be bred per year. So, the plant can be selectively grown to produce any number of pharmaceutical products, which can then be grown instead of produced in chemical factories. The number of chemicals that the marijuana, or hemp plant, can produce appears to be limitless.

Marijuana, or the hemp plant, has been illegal in the United States since 1937, except for a brief interlude during World War II. And, apparently it has been used by the human race for about 5,000 years, but thousands of years ago it appears to have been used mostly for clothing.

Which do you think will last longer, the United States, which is only a bit over 200 years old, or a plant that the human race has found useful for about 5,000 years for rope, sails for sailing ships (Christopher Columbus, and all the other sailors at that time, used hemp sails), renewable supplies for paper, textiles for clothing, now we need fuel for our automobiles, and with some research, we are now discovering new medical uses for Mother Nature's chemical factory that will produce just about any pharmaceutical product that you could need?

Give it up. The hemp plant will be used by the human race for centuries after the United States has been relegated to the dustbin of history.

One might ask why it was made illegal in 1937. The answer is simple - there was no research at all, and virtually no debate. People of Color used it, especially musicians, and that's all that Congress and the Senate needed to know.

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