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Medical Marijuana: From Poison to Popular in Politics

thinkprogress.org writes:
More than 40 years ago, psychiatry professor Lester Grinspoon wrote a groundbreaking book on marijuana that the New York Times dubbed at the time “the best dope on pot.” Like many in the medical marijuana community, Grinspoon started out as a skeptic intent on researching marijuana’s harms. But his perspective shifted after a personal experience: He had a son with leukemia who found relief only after he started using marijuana before his chemotherapy treatments. Once he started researching marijuana, Grinspoon found that existing information about marijuana was based on propaganda rather than rigorous scientific study. “I came to realize that I was the one who was misinformed — that despite my training in science and medicine, I had been brainwashed like just about every other citizen of this country.”
animated map of medical marijuana legalized states Mr. Grinspoon is 85 years old and has lived through the failed American War on Drugs nonsense. Now medical marijuana is in the national spotlight and in daily conversations because now we have much better science and data about the facts and health benefits of medical cannabis.
“Medicinally I think that folks are beginning to see if there are things which the medical community can help on and has specific ways that they can then I think the legislature might consider that but to move beyond that I would say is a bridge too far but that bridge has not yet been built.”
I feel, at the age of almost 64 years old, that what I’m doing about medical marijuana in my life is probably, and forgive me I loved raising my four sons… this might be the most important thing I’ve ever been involved in in my life. -Ellen Lenox-Smith, Rhode Island
I was curious about Ellen, so I found this other article about this inside look at Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary:
Ellen is in so much pain she can’t climb the stairs, so she uses a motorized chair to get to the basement where she grows her marijuana. “It’s the only thing I have,” said Smith, “This is it. We wouldn’t be having this conversation. I wouldn’t be alive. I mean, I don’t have anything else to turn to.”
Ellen has lung problems, but thankfully we know the science behind cannabis not linked with lung damage and cannabis vs tobacco smoke doesn’t even compare. I will say, Thomas Slater who runs the Compassion Center in Providence is doing great work keeping this place running for patients. We appreciate what they are doing to help people.
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