Letters to the Editor

Elliot Galdy: Reefer madness

I understand The N&O’s desire to present all sides of an issue, but sometimes science and facts override “fairness.” The June 9 letter “No medicinal purpose” regarding medical marijuana was so full of misinformation and factually incorrect statements that it bears a response.

The reason medical marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as Schedule I has nothing to do with any actual inherent dangers, but everything to do with politics and dates back to the 1930s and then “drug czar” Harry Anslinger.

Additionally, there are decades of research into the efficacy of medical marijuana’s ability to treat and alleviate medical conditions, including epilepsy, cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, ALS – the list goes on.

As recently as February, no less than the U.S. Surgeon General admitted that marijuana can be helpful for some medical conditions. So let’s put a lid on “reefer madness” hysteria and start looking at the science and the real-world effects in states like Colorado.

Elliot Galdy

Durham

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