WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 – Well, there we have it. The recent news of potential medical benefits of marijuana for those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol has nanny-state Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighing in and declaring with absolute certainty: “Medical my ass. Come on, there is no medical.”
He went on to make two fascinating comments: “This is one of the greatest hoaxes of all time” and “I am told marijuana is much stronger than it was 20 or 30 years ago. I don’t have any personal experience in terms of today, so that’s one problem.”
Does the latter statement imply that the somewhat parochial mayor does have experience with MJ just not lately?
The next statement: “Drug dealers have families to feed so they’ll sell something else (if MJ is legalized) and that something else will be worse” shows alarming naivety.
Street drug sales have similar issues as say, merchants and retailers; supply and demand, product saturation and availability, meaning that if a former MJ dealer loses customers, the supply of customers of “worse” drugs will not increase nor will demand for those “worse” drugs.
The dealer has to compete with dealers of another “worse” drug and the market may already be saturated. As an analogy, if a Chevy dealership closes shop in a neighborhood and a Cadillac dealer already exists, opening another Cadillac dealership does not lend to increased demand in an area already well supplied with Cadillac’s.
Bloomberg’s assumptions lack validity.
Has Bloomberg or many others ever heard of the most popular pain relief drug in the United Kingdom (UK) called ‘diamorphine’? It is widely prescribed for severe pain and imminent death, The drug is so effective, it relieves the anxiety and agony of impending death and folks have been known to work and play up until the last day of their lives.
Although Paul McCartney’s wife, Linda, passed away in Arizona, it is widely believed the McCartney’s brought diamorphine to the states with them knowing the efficaciousness of the drug for her imminent death from breast cancer.
Linda was horse-back riding three days prior to her death. How many folks can say they have witnessed terminal cancer patients in the USA horseback riding or working up until their final day or so?
Probably none. Most in the USA perish in a lingering, painful fashion and are bedridden for a long time prior to expiring.
What is the name of this drug in America? Heroin.
In America, morphine, from the same poppy as heroin (opium) is used for pain relief as are the synthetics known as opioids such as oxycontin, oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), Fentynal and many other but none compare to the benefits of diamorphine.
With this on mind, do heroin dealers on the street in the UK take up MJ sales because of the availability of diamorphine? Perhaps we should consult Dr. Bloomberg.
One can hear him exclaim “Heroin? There is no medical use! The whole concept is fraudulent! A hoax! What next? Medical benefits from cranberry juice?”
Until it was synthetically made, aspirin came from Willow tree bark; Taxol, a powerful cancer drug, is from the Pacific Yew tree and about 70 percent of all medications stem from nature.
With this in mind, Dr. Bloomberg, where’s the hoax?
“A medicinal plant is any plant which, in one or more of its organ, contains substance that can be used for therapeutic purpose or which is a precursor for synthesis of useful drugs.” (Sofowora, 1982, Medicinal Plant and Traditional Medicine in Africa)…This definition of Medicinal Plant has been formulated by WHO (World Health Organization).
Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science
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