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Killing the Cannabis Conspiracy

By Umar Al Mujahid Abdur-Rasheed Formerly Anthony Navarro
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Weed… also known as Marijuana, Cannabis, Hemp, etc. is probably the most famous and at the same time, most misunderstood and fought against plant in the world. Mankind seems to be divided right down the middle on this topic. They either love it or they hate it. Some say it’s an addictive gateway drug that causes Schizophrenia and Psychosis. Others say it’s a miracle plant that cures many diseases and ailments such as Cancer, Asthma, Insomnia, Glaucoma, Depression and it has been known to lower blood pressure and stop headaches. They say it can be used to make building materials, clothes and fuel. It can be made into a plastic that is biodegradable and it can be used for food. The list of benefits continues to grow with each new study that comes out. Cannabis supporters also say that all of this comes without any type of side effects and only one problem. The only issue is… being fined and possibly being arrested for the mere possession of Cannabis. Can this be true? If what Cannabis supporters say is true, then this could be the most important plant on earth. And if this is true, then the powers that control the earth must know about all of these amazing benefits. So, why is Cannabis outlawed all over the world like its Heroin, Crack or even Cocaine? Why is the majority of research done at an independent level without government grants or help? There are reports of doctors curing Cancer with Cannabis, why wasn’t this pursued and made public? And finally, why are Cannabis users labeled as drug addicts and low lives along with users of other harder, more dangerous substances? To understand the magnitude of these questions and of their answers, we have to start at the very beginning to see how the generations before us used this plant and where Cannabis committed its first crime to earn the label of enemy number one. Or… we have to prove its innocence and let it be used as God intended. Some of the earliest archeological Hemp (Cannabis) evidence came from about 10,000 B.C., from rope imprints on broken Chinese pottery. Fragments of Hemp cloth have also been found in Chinese burial chambers dating from the Chou Dynasty (1122-249 B.C.). In addition to archeological evidence, written documents refer to Hemp as a source of clothing. For
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example, The Shu King, a book dating to about 2350 B.C., refers to the soil in Shantung as rich with silk and hemp while ancient poetry mentions young girls weaving Hemp into clothing. The Chinese also relied on Hemp for warfare. Due to its strength and durability Chinese archers made bowstrings from Hemp. Because these Hemp bowstrings were stronger than the enemy's bamboo ones, the Chinese arrows could fly further. This was a large advantage in war. In fact, Hemp was so important that Chinese monarchs allocated large portions of land specifically for growing Hemp. Then, there is paper. Yes, paper. Paper is probably one of the most significant Chinese inventions. Fragments of paper containing Hemp fiber have been found in Chinese graves dating to the first century B.C. The Chinese made paper by crushing Hemp fibers and mulberry tree bark into a pulp and putting the mixture into a tank of water. The tangled fibers rose to the top of the water, were then removed, and placed in a mold. After drying, the fibers formed sheets that could be written on. The Chinese kept paper making a secret for many centuries. Eventually the secret became known to the Japanese during the 5th century A.D. and finally to the Arabs through Chinese prisoners in the 9th century. As you can clearly see, the Hemp plant was a huge part of early Chinese culture and living. There are many other civilizations that have been recorded using Hemp (Cannabis) in a similar way. The Hindus and Buddhists used Cannabis in the worship of their deities because they said it brought them spiritually closer. Africans have had a long tradition of smoking Hemp in gourd pipes. Both early Greek history and modern archeology show that Central Asian peoples were utilizing Cannabis 2,500 years ago. The Celts also used Cannabis, as evidence of hashish traces were found in Hallstatt, birthplace of Celtic culture. The Dacians and the Scythians had a tradition where a fire was made in an enclosed space and Cannabis seeds were burnt and the resulting smoke ingested. Sula Benet (1967) claimed that the plant kaneh bosm mentioned five times in the Hebrew Bible is Cannabis. Members of the Rastafari movement use Cannabis as a part of their worshiping of their King, Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, and as an aid to meditation. Elders of the modern religious movement known as the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church consider Cannabis to be the Eucharist, claiming it as an oral tradition from Ethiopia dating back to the time of Christ. In Mexico, followers of the growing Santa Muerte religious group regularly use Marijuana
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smoke in purification ceremonies, with Marijuana often taking the place of incense used in mainstream Catholic rituals. This proves that the Hemp plant and Cannabis have been used for many things including medicine and for religious purposes for thousands of years all throughout the world. What about in places like America and the U.K.? Cannabis was used in the U.S. and U.K. for recreational and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Regulations and restrictions on the sale of Cannabis as a drug began as early as 1860. Increased restrictions and labeling of Cannabis as a poison began in many states from 1906 onward, and outright prohibitions began in the 1920s. By the mid-1930s Cannabis was regulated as a drug in every state, including 35 states that adopted the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. And in 1937 it was made out right illegal to use or to even possess Cannabis in any form. In the 1970s, many places in the United States started to abolish state laws and other local regulations that banned possession or sale of Cannabis. The same thing happened with Cannabis sold as medical Cannabis in the 1990s. All this is in conflict with federal laws; Cannabis is a Schedule I drug according to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which classified Cannabis as having high potential for abuse, no medical use, and not safe to use under medical supervision. Multiple efforts to reschedule Cannabis under the Act have failed, and the United States Supreme Court has ruled in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Coop and Gonzales v. Raich that the federal government has a right to regulate and criminalize Cannabis, even for medical purposes. The U.K. has had a similar situation with Cannabis, but is only now voting to legalize it throughout the country. What happened?!?! What did Cannabis do to deserve all this heat and to who? It’s mind boggling when you add in the fact there has never been a recorded death from Cannabis use… ever… in the entire world… not one. On the flip side, legal substances like alcohol and tobacco are responsible for millions of deaths each year in the United States alone. Pharmaceutical prescription pills have addictive qualities, have lead people to suicide and have by themselves killed millions of people from over dosing… again in America alone. If substances that lead to the guaranteed death of millions of Americans each and every year are legal, then why
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is the Cannabis issue a dead one? In a study done by UCLA, they found that Cannabis smokers have less cases of cancer than people who do not smoke anything at all. Cannabis actually reverses the effects of tobacco use and strengthens the lungs. This is only one of the healing qualities of Cannabis. Doctors from all over the world have studied and used Cannabis to treat their patients with flawless results. “Unlike many abused drugs, an overdose of marijuana is not lethal, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although they say marijuana can be addictive for some, the potential for forming an addiction to marijuana is nothing compared to some prescription drugs and other abused drugs that are considered legal. The primary psychoactive chemical in marijuana is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, one of more than 60 cannabinoids (chemicals unique to marijuana). THC binds to cannabinoid receptors, which are concentrated in areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception.” Dr. Christine Paoletti (Obstetrician/Gynecologist) The Physical benefits of marijuana are far-reaching, widespread, and long-term. Because of the way marijuana impacts the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) which expands the breath and relaxes the body, its potential for health and healing are enormous, and have been completely unrealized by Western Medicine. The following passages are excerpted from The Benefits of Marijuana: Physical, Psychological, & Spiritual by Joan Bello: The simultaneous opposing action of marijuana is akin to balancing our entire system. Such balance in the ANS can be understood as a charged equilibrium, which is defined as “well-being” experienced as physiological expansion and psychological contentment and responsible for health. (p. 29) The net effect is a highly functioning, yet relaxed, system with better fuel. This is why, with marijuana, the feeling is both relaxed and alert, which explains, in part, the experience of being “stoned.” Normally the body vacillates between the two opposing
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modes of being. The effects of the complicated marijuana molecule somehow actually integrate these two modes, simultaneously, as absolutely nothing else does. (p. 30) In a Costa Rican study, it was found that chronic marijuana smokers who also smoked cigarettes were less likely to develop cancer than cigarette smokers who didn’t use marijuana. Since marijuana (smoking, as well as ingestion by other methods) dilates the alveoli, toxins are more easily eliminated with Cannabis use regardless of its method of application. Nicotine, on the other hand, constricts the alveoli, so it is likely that the use of Cannabis neutralizes, or even overwhelms the constriction, by its own tendency to dilation ...as an aid for all psychosomatic disease, marijuana can benefit the participant, generally because of its health-restoring effects... The fear of marijuana... stems from its limitless potential for treating illness, in that both the pharmaceutical industry and the medical monopoly would lose billions of dollars if marijuana became the non-drug of choice. (p. 61) Marijuana, by its effect on the ANS, enhances both sides of the brain. Through increased Sympathetic action, left brain perception is heightened, while, at the same time, right brain reception is enhanced. This is a physiological fact. More blood, and cleaner blood, is sent to the brain, as in the “fight or flight” reaction. And because of Parasympathetic dilation of capillaries, which signifies relaxation, the blood supply to the entire brain is increased. More blood means more oxygen and consequently clearer and broader thinking. Since marijuana works on both sides of the brain, the most noticeable effect, in our fast-paced mind set, is one of slowing down, which blends the thrusting competitive attitude with the contrasting viewpoint of nurturance to arrive at a more cooperative balance. This experience is, however, not innate to marijuana, but to the mental set of the subject. When we are mellow, tired, and relaxed, marijuana is energizing and affords alertness, determination, and even strength. This variation in the physiological effects has caused great confusion from an either/or framework. And the balancing nature of marijuana (both/and) has not been understood. It both stimulates and relaxes, simultaneously, which equates to an
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unpredictable variation in effect that is solely dependent on the state of its subject. When the system is sluggish, as with natives in warm climates (Africa, India, South America), marijuana has been used extensively and for centuries to energize it: When the system is hyper-aroused, as in today’s lifestyle, marijuana calms. The significance of this fact cannot be ignored. It explains the increased creativity reported as a part of the marijuana experience, because when both sides of brain processes are heightened, both types of brain activity are greater. The left brain notices more, while the right brain receives more. This is the unification of logic and intuition. The term “expansion of consciousness” is explained physiologically as a “shifting of brain emphasis from one-sidedness to balance” (Sugarmena and Tarter, 1978), which fits precisely with the feeling called “high.” (p. 35) When we ingest marijuana, the heart swells through capillary enhancement and is fueled more by more fully oxygenated blood, while, at the same time, its contractions and expansions are greater, allowing for stronger pumping action to the rest of the body (p. 37) As the body’s workings can become more harmonious with marijuana, the functioning of the five senses can be noticeably improved ....In our discussion, the trigger to the high experience is marijuana, but many other activities can also produce it, such as jogging, chanting, fasting, isolation, meditation, and prayer. (p. 41) The marijuana experience itself does not miraculously cure. Instead, it allows the body a respite from the tensions of imbalance, while exposing the mental confusion of the mind. The marijuana experience of balance becomes a learned and, over time, somewhat permanent response as the essential human tendency to homeostasis is reawakened and the natural healing process restored. (p. 49)

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Safety of Cannabis
From The Lancet, "There are no confirmed published cases worldwide of human deaths from Cannabis poisoning, and the dose of THC required to produce 50% mortality in rodents is extremely high compared with other commonly used drugs". According to Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School Lester Grinspoon, "When Cannabis regains its place in the US Pharmacopeia, a status it lost after the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, it will be seen as one of the safest drugs in that compendium". Regarding the relative safety of Cannabis, former US DEA chief administrative law judge Judge Francis Young said: "There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented Cannabis-induced fatality....Despite a long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity....Marijuana's therapeutic ratio is impossible to quantify because it is so high.... Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."

Pain relief
Cannabis' effectiveness as an analgesic has been studied. University of Oxford doctors found that the brain on THC showed reduced response to pain, suggesting the drug may help patients endure pain. Brain scans showed reduced activity in two centers of the brain where pain is registered, the mid-Anterior cingulate cortex and the right Amygdala. Cannabis did not block the sensation of pain like Morphine-based pain killers. The researchers found great variation among individual reports of pain relief. According to Stuart Silverman, M.D., a rheumatologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, "Historically and anecdotally, marijuana has been used as a painkiller". A Canadian study showed Cannabis can reduce "nerve pain" from surgical
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complications or injuries. The 21 subjects suffered from chronic pain. Patients smoking cannabis with a 9.4% THC content reported less pain than patients smoking placebo. Better sleep and less anxiety were additional reported benefits. Igor Grant, psychiatrist and director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California San Diego said "There is good evidence now that cannabinoids may be either an adjunct or a first-line treatment". He said not everyone experienced pain relief, but the percentage who did was comparable to those who said they experienced relief from and other medications commonly prescribed for neuropathic pain (the subject of his study), like antidepressants. A small-scale UCSF study found patients with chronic pain may experience greater relief if cannabinoids were added to an opiates-only treatment. The findings further suggested that a combined therapy could result in reduced opiate dosages.

Glaucoma
In glaucoma, Cannabis and THC have been shown to reduce intra-ocular pressure (IOP) by an average of 24% in people with normal IOP who have visual-field changes. In studies of healthy adults and glaucoma patients, IOP was reduced by an average of 25% after smoking a Cannabis "cigarette" that contained approximately 2% THC—a reduction as good as that observed with most other medications available today, according to a review by the Institute of Medicine. In a separate study, the use of Cannabis and glaucoma was tested and found that the duration of smoked or ingested Cannabis or other cannabinoids is very short, averaging 3 to 3.5 hours. Their results showed that for Cannabis to be a viable therapy, the patient would have to take in Cannabis in some form every 3 hours. They said that for ideal glaucoma treatment it would take two times a day at most for compliance purposes from patients.

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Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis
A review of six randomized controlled trials of a combination of THC and CBD extracts for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) related muscle spasticity reported, "Although there was variation in the outcome measures reported in these studies, a trend of reduced spasticity in treated patients was noted." The authors postulated that "cannabinoids may provide neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory benefits in MS." A small study done on whether or not Cannabis could be used to control tremors of MS patients was conducted. The study found that there was no noticeable difference of the tremors in the patients. Although there was no difference in the tremors the patients felt as if their symptoms had lessened and their quality of life had improved. The researchers concluded that the mood enhancing or cognitive effects that Cannabis has on the brain could have given the patients the effect that their tremors were getting better.

Alzheimer's disease
Cannabinoids found in medical Cannabis prevent or inhibit the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Research done by the Scripps Research Institute in California shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, (THC) prevents the formation of deposits in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease. THC was found to prevent an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase from accelerating the formation of "Alzheimer plaques" in the brain more effectively than commercially marketed drugs. THC is also more effective at blocking clumps of protein that can inhibit memory and cognition in Alzheimer’s patients, as reported in Molecular Pharmaceutics. Cannabinoids can also potentially prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by reducing tau protein phosphorylation, oxidative stress, and neuroinflammation.

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A 2012 review from the Philosophical Transactions of a Royal Society B suggested that activating the cannabinoid system may trigger an "anti-oxidant cleanse" in the brain by removing damaged cells and improving the efficiency of the mitochrondria. The review found cannabinoids may slow decline in age and disease-related cognitive functioning.

Breast cancer
Medical Cannabis blocks the spread of breast cancer by down regulating a gene called ID1. According to a 2007 and a 2010 study at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, cannabidiol (CBD) stops breast cancer from spreading throughout the body by downregulating a gene called ID1. This may provide a non-toxic alternative to chemotherapy while achieving the same results without the painful and unpleasant side effects. The research team says that CBD works by blocking the activity of a gene called ID1, which is believed to be responsible for a process called metastasis, which is the aggressive spread of cancer cells away from the original tumor site. According to findings released by the team in 2012, when the particularly aggressive "triple-negative" cells (which contain high levels of ID1 and account for 15% of breast cancers) were exposed to CBD, they "not only stopped acting 'crazy' but also returned to a healthy normal state". Human trial models are currently in development. Dr Sean McAllister, study coleader, commented: "The preclinical trial data is very strong, and there's no toxicity. There's really a lot of research to move ahead with and to get people excited".

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HIV/AIDS
Medical Cannabis helps to alleviate pain and to improve quality of life for HIV-positive patients. Investigators at Columbia University published clinical trial data in 2007 showing that HIV/AIDS patients who inhaled Cannabis four times daily experienced substantial increases in food intake with little evidence of discomfort and no impairment of cognitive performance. They concluded that smoked Cannabis has a clear medical benefit in HIV-positive patients. In another study in 2008, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found that marijuana significantly reduces HIV-related neuropathic pain when added to a patient's already-prescribed pain management regimen and may be an "effective option for pain relief" in those whose pain is not controlled with current medications. Mood disturbance, physical disability, and quality of life all improved significantly during study treatment. Despite management with opioids and other pain modifying therapies, neuropathic pain continues to reduce the quality of life and daily functioning in HIV-infected individuals. Cannabinoid receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems have been shown to modulate pain perception. No serious adverse effects were reported, according to the study published by the American Academy of Neurology. A study examining the effectiveness of different drugs for HIV associated neuropathic pain found that smoked Cannabis was one of only three drugs that showed evidence of efficacy.

Brain cancer
THC found in medical Cannabis eliminates brain cancer while leaving healthy brain cells intact. A study by Complutense University of Madrid found the chemicals in Cannabis promote the death of brain cancer cells by essentially helping them feed upon themselves in a process called
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autophagy. The research team discovered that cannabinoids such as THC had anticancer effects in mice with human brain cancer cells and in people with brain tumors. When mice with the human brain cancer cells received the THC, the tumor shrank. Using electron microscopes to analyze brain tissue taken both before and after a 26-to 30-day THC treatment regimen, the researchers found that THC eliminated cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. The patients did not have any toxic effects from the treatment; previous studies of THC for the treatment of cancer have also found the therapy to be well tolerated. However, the mechanisms which promote THC's tumor cell–killing action are unknown.

Opioid Dependence
Medical Cannabis is useful in the prevention and treatment of opiate dependence. Injections of THC eliminate dependence on opiates in stressed rats, according to a research team at the Laboratory for Physiopathology of Diseases of the Central Nervous System (France) in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Deprived of their mothers at birth, rats become hypersensitive to the rewarding effect of morphine and heroin (substances belonging to the opiate family), and rapidly become dependent. When these rats were administered THC, they no longer developed typical morphine-dependent behavior. In the striatum, a region of the brain involved in drug dependence, the production of endogenous enkephalins was restored under THC, whereas it diminished in rats stressed from birth which had not received THC. Researchers believe the findings could lead to therapeutic alternatives to existing substitution treatments. In humans, drug treatment subjects who use Cannabis intermittently are found to be more likely to adhere to treatment for opioid dependence. Historically, similar findings were reported by Edward Birch, who, in 1889, reported success in treating opiate and chloral addiction with Cannabis.

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Controlling ALS symptoms
Medical cannabis is moderately effective in reducing symptoms of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (Lou Gehrig's Disease). The potential role of Cannabis in treating symptoms of ALS (or Lou Gehrig's Disease) has been the subject of recent research. A survey was conducted on 113 people suffering from ALS. The survey asked if the subjects had used Cannabis in the last 12 months to control some of their symptoms. Of the 113 subjects, 13 had used the drug in some form to control symptoms. The survey found that Cannabis was moderately effective in reducing symptoms of appetite loss, depression, pain, spasticity, drooling and weakness, and the longest relief reported was for depression. The pattern of symptom relief was consistent with those reported by people with other conditions, including multiple sclerosis (Amtmann et al. 2004).

Cannabis in Religion
The use of marijuana for religious purposes dates back to the second millennium B.C. and continues still today. In the past, ancient Chinese belief systems, the Scythian people group of Central Asia, ancient Germanic paganism, and Hinduism, all used marijuana for religious reasons. The Jamaican-born Rastafari movement is the most well-known modern religion that uses marijuana for spiritual purposes.

Chinese Religion Ancient Chinese medical texts from 100 A.D. recommend marijuana for medical purposes, but they also teach that if it's consumed over a long period of time, the user will develop the ability to speak to spirits.
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An 8th century book on nutrition called Shiliao corroborates this belief. The text prescribes consuming marijuana on a daily basis for one's general health; however, if one desires to commune with spirits then it's recommended it should be consumed for 100 consecutive days. Some ancient Taoists texts mention marijuana being burned in religious censors. The Shangqing, an ancient Taoist Scripture, was reportedly revealed to its author, Yang Xi, aided by his use of marijuana. A follower named Tao Hongjing, a commentator on the Shangqing, taught that if one consumed marijuana with ginseng it would enable the user to see the future.

The Scythians The Greek historian Herodotus (484-425 B.C.) wrote that the Scythians, an ancient nomadic people group in the geographical proximity of modern-day Iran, whose religious beliefs included mythology and horse sacrifice, used marijuana in sacred ceremonies. They make a booth by fixing in the ground three sticks inclined towards one another, and stretching around them woollen felts, which they arrange so as to fit as close as possible: inside the booth a dish is placed upon the ground, into which they put a number of red-hot stones, and then add some hemp-seed. … The Scythians, as I said, take some of this hemp-seed, and, creeping under the felt coverings, throw it upon the red-hot stones; immediately it smokes, and gives out such a vapor as no Grecian vapor-bath can exceed; the Scyths, delighted, shout for joy, and this vapor serves them instead of a water-bath; for they never by any chance wash their bodies with water. (The Histories, 4.75)

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It is believed that what Herodotus called the "hemp-seed" was the flowering top of the cannabis plant. The Scythians also used marijuana to induce trance-like spiritual experiences and for divination.

Hinduism Marijuana was used in Hinduism as far back as the second millennium B.C. It was used in the worship of the Hindu deity, Shiva. Marijuana has also been used by yogis to enhance their religious experience and during the spring festival, Holi. Furthermore, Bhang, a drink that contains marijuana flowers, is believed to cleanse a user of their sins, help them become one with Shiva, and avoid hell.

Ancient Germanic Paganism Ancient Germanic Paganism associated marijuana with the Norse love goddess, Freya. It was believed that Freya lived in the plant's flowers, so consuming them meant being filled with divinity. The Celts may have also used marijuana as evidence of it has been found where the people group once resided.

Rastafari The religion most widely associated with marijuana today is Rastafari. Many devotees believe marijuana is the Tree of Life mentioned in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Many followers also believe that marijuana aids in the worship of God, Bible study, and meditation. Although not all adherents use marijuana, most believe it will bring a person closer to God.
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They believe that only through the sacramental use of marijuana, combined with prayer and spiritual reasoning among the brethren can members of the Church come to know God within themselves and within others.

Christianity, Judaism & Islam These are the 3 Monotheistic religions (belief in one God). They share beliefs as well as Prophets and Prophetic stories. I myself am a Muslim and in Islam we are told by our teachers and scholars that Cannabis is an intoxicant and is there for haraam (forbidden). We are told this because in the Qur’an Allah (God) tells us "O You who believe! Indeed, intoxicants, gambling, sacrificing on stone alters [to other than Allaah], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful." [Quran: 5:90]. But, what is an intoxicant? It is defined as:

1. General: Substance which when taken into a body by one mean or another produces a condition of diminished mental and physical ability, hyperexcitability, or stupefaction. Commonly, a beverage is classified as an intoxicating when its alcoholic content is 0.5 percent or more. 2. Medicine: Substance that poisons or produces symptoms of poisoning in a body. We already know through all the provided research that Cannabis enhances mind and brain functions, as well as balancing your body so perfectly that your body can then fight off life threatening diseases. So it doesn’t diminish your mind or body. When someone uses Cannabis in a lazy or tired mood, the Cannabinoids actually give the person a boost in energy. On the other side, if a person is hyperactive and then uses Cannabis the opposite happens and the person is

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calmed down. Because the brain function is enhanced people are able to see more clearly when using Cannabis. No matter how you look at it, Cannabis doesn’t alter or change a person’s perception. They may look “stoned” and may be thinking and over analyzing things, but they are always in control of themselves unlike people under the influence of alcohol. People who drink alcohol until the point of intoxication (drunkenness) can’t do simple things like walk in a straight line or touch their noses. That, to me is the definition of being intoxicated. There are 5 places in the Hebrew Bible where it speaks about a herb called “Kaneh Bosm” that is used as medicine and in their ritualistic practices. Doesn’t Kaneh Bosm sound a lot like Cannabis?

There is a verse in the Bible of Moses being commanded by God Himself to use a herb called Kineboisin. “Moreover the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying: "Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet KINEBOISIN two hundred and fifty shekels.”( Exodus chapter 30 verse 22 – 33) Many times in the Bible you hear of Prophets and Messengers blessing people and places with anointing oils and healing people with these same oils. The only oil that they could have had in these areas at that time that could have cured these ailments is Hemp. Many Christian scholars argue that Hemp was used as anointing oil in the time of Jesus. Cannabis is not only an amazing medicine and a spiritual stimulator, but a hemp crop can be grown without the use of herbicides or insecticides. Hemp produces up to four tons of material per acre per year. It
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is especially suited to organic sustainable agriculture. Hemp is categorized as a bast fiber crop. It has a stem consisting of an outer skin containing long strong fibers surrounding a hollow wood core. This woody core is of a very open sponge like structure. After processing the stems, two materials are produced; hurds and fibers. Both hurds and fibers have properties that make them useful in building construction. Hemp hurds are mixed with a combination of lime products to produce a light weight, insulating, breathing material. The mixture of lime to hurds varies with the type of construction application and prevailing climatic conditions. This hempcrete is cast around a timber framework. This is achieved by tamping down between shuttering, or it can be sprayed against a formwork (permanent or temporary). Internally a variety of finishes are possible. In this example the framework has been left exposed and the hempcrete finished with a natural paint. Externally the hempcrete is finished with a lime render which can be painted with breathable natural paints. So in reality the entire Hemp plant can be used to make fibers, paper, clothes, building materials, environmentally friendly fuel, biodegradable plastics that decay within 2 years, ropes stronger than the ones we use today, military weapons, insect repellant, and so much more. Basically everything that is needed to sustain a comfortable, healthy living environment can be produced from this plant without any side effects to your health or any damage done to the environment. Knowing that the Hemp plant can be used for sustainable living with no damaging effects to the environment and that Cannabis is an amazing medicine, why is it that Hemp is banned all over the world? Why is it demonized throughout all cultures? With all the politicians and environmentalists screaming for carbon taxes and environmental changes, why aren’t they bringing up the Hemp plant as an alternative to today’s methods? And why in America is medical Cannabis legal in some states, but illegal on a Federal level in those same states,
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making it still punishable with Federal prison time in those supposed “legal” states? “Canada, New Zealand and several countries in Europe have approved the nasal spray Sativex, which uses purified Cannabinoids derived from Marijuana for the treatment of Cancer pain and muscle spasms in Multiple Sclerosis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two drugs made from synthetic Cannabinoids, Dronabinol and Nabilone, which treat nausea and appetite problems in Cancer and HIV patients. Yet the FDA has not approved Marijuana in its plant form as a treatment. Still, more than a dozen states have voted to legalize Cannabis for medical purposes. California was the first state in the country to pass medical Marijuana laws in 1996. Dozens of states have followed suit despite existing federal laws that classify Marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. Most residents of states with medical marijuana laws need to follow a set of guidelines before using the drug; obtain a medical doctor's prescription, obey rules for the maximum weight a person can possess and sign up for a registry of medical Marijuana users.” –(Medical Marijuana: Benefits vs. Risks. Lauren Cox, LiveScience Contributor 05 November 2012) The use of Cannabis remains illegal. It is a Class B drug in the U.K. As a result, the penalties for getting caught with Cannabis, especially on repeated occasions, can be severe. The maximum penalty for possession is 5 years in prison and for supplying the drug, 14 years, although an initial reprimand or penalty fine may be given for first-time offenders. Whereas in America it is considered a class A drug and is punishable as if it were Crack Cocaine or Heroin. These laws state that there are no health benefits (which I have already shown the many, many health benefits and testimonies from patients whom were cured or helped by the use of Cannabis are at the end of the article) and that there are

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too many risks that come with dealing with Cannabis. What risks they’re speaking of, I do not know. All of the research speaks for itself. The Hemp plant is a miracle from God. It cures almost any disease or ailment a person can have without any side effects to the patient. It can cause spiritual awakenings that may bring one closer to a truth that may alter their life for the better. It can be utilized to create environmentally friendly homes, fuel, food, clothing, tools… and the list continues to grow on. Regardless of their reasons for banning it, I’ll just say this. Who are we to deny a cancer patient who has just been given a death sentence what treatments they can and cannot use to help them? Who are we to tell an environmentalist who is concerned about the earth we all live on that they can’t build their home with an alternate building material that has been proven safer and stronger than the homes of today? Who are we to tell the average human being that after a hard day’s work, he can’t relax and unwind by smoking some Cannabis in the privacy and comfort of his own home?

These are personal choices that have been taken away from us, the human beings who live on this earth, by the ones who wish to control and destroy it. Allah (God) says in the Qur’an that for every disease He created, He also created the cure and the Prophet Muhammad said that Allah doesn’t put cures in things that are haram (forbidden). So why would a plant that does so much for us be forbidden to mankind? In closing I will leave you with this quote.
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“The Petro Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Military Industrial, Transnational, Corporate Fascists, Elite sons of bitches vilified the Cannabis plant as a first step towards severing the natural cycle of things and have taken the farmer out of competition with them in the production of fibers, fuel, medicine and food. I think that the laws against Marijuana are the most vivid illustration of where this government has over stepped its bounds in policing private behavior. The 1937 Tax Act was the first time our government had ever taken it upon themselves to tell us what seeds we could plant in the ground and what seed we could not plant in the ground. And in virtue by using that one law against that one plant, they usurped our relationship with the natural cycle of things.” -Gatewood Galbraith (Independent to Kentuky Governer 2011)

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