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Tell Me Again. Why is Marijuana Illegal?

A picture named leafl2.jpgVia NORML today:
bullet imageOne-Third Of Docs Back Prescription Cannabis, Survey Says (pdf)

Wellington, New Zealand: One out of three New Zealand doctors say they would prescribe medicinal marijuana if it were legal to do so, according to a random survey of 500 doctors conducted by the national Green Party. Among physicians who reported their knowledge of medicinal cannabis as “high,” 42 percent backed prescribing marijuana. “The more knowledge a doctor holds, the more favorable their opinion of medicinal cannabis is,” the survey noted.

bullet imageCannabinoids Modulate Epileptic Seizures, Study Says

Administration of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, “completely abolished”
spontaneous seizures in an animal model of epilepsy, according to findings
published this week in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental
Therapeutics.

bullet imageFDA Grants “Fast Track” Status To Pot-Like Drug For Head Trauma

Iselin, NJ: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will review the efficacy of the synthetic marijuana derivative Dexanabinol for the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on an accelerated basis, the
Pharmos pharmaceutical company announced this week. The FDA grants so-called “fast track” status to drugs intended to treat life-threatening conditions for which no approved therapies exist.

… and that’s just this week.

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