Op-Ed: Report: U.S. narcs hid study showing marijuana destroys tumors

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Robert Weller
A pro-marijuana site is reporting the U.S. government shut down a study in 1974 when it showed marijuana destroyed brain tumors. Other work has been quashed.
The study was reported in a book, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” by Jack Herer, according to Hempforfuture.
A study in Madrid, Spain in 2000 found that marijuana can destroy brain tumors.
The U.S. government has consistently stopped research on marijuana since it was declared illegal and dangerous in 1937 under pressure from manufacturers of artificial hemp. Marijuana comes from hemp.
Their work was reported in the March issue of “Nature Medicine” that year.
Thirty rats were treated. The half given THC survived, the other half died.
Neither the Virginia work or the Spanish research has received much news coverage.
Under pressure from the United States, marijuana has been declared illegal by the United Nations.
Herer reports in his book that researchers at the Medical College of Virginia were assigned to find evidence that cannabis damages the immune system. Instead, they determined that THC, the marijuana substance that gets people high, slowed the growth of cancer in the breasts and lungs of mice. They also found it slowed the growth of virus-induced leukemia.
The study was shut down. Colleges, universities and other research facilities are barred from studying marijuana. Earlier this year the University of Colorado was given permission to study whether it can help control Dravet’s Syndrome, a form of epilepsy mostly suffered by children.
Dr. Manuel Guzman of Complutense University, who led the study, said it is the only one allowed to use live animals since the 1974 Virginia study.
He said he has been denied access to the Virginia work.
Studies that preceded the 1937 ban found marijuana was no dangerous. Subsequent research has found alcohol to be far more dangerous.
Two U.S. states have voted to legalize recreational marijuana, Colorado and Washington. More than a dozen others have legalized medicinal marijuana because of research showing it helps with numerous diseases and trauma, including PTSD.
Polls show the public no longer buys into the argument that marijuana is any more of a gateway drug than milk.
Last week, a court in Minnesota said workers who lose their job because they were found to be using medical marijuana could receive unemployment.
Billions, if not trillions, have been spent fighting the war on drugs. Hundreds of thousands of government employees, including cops, depend on it for their livelihood.
For the cartels, marijuana is their biggest product.
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