To the Honorable Irwin Cotler,
Dear Mr. Cotler,
If Renee Boje is returned to the USA she will no doubt spend at least five years in a federal prison. That would be the same as Todd McCormick, spent, for the crime of compassion, growing strains of medical cannabis that would be especially helpful for various illness'.
I'm a cancer survivor, and remember well the value of marijuana as medicine. (I have also been a medical marijuana researcher for over 50 years, and have written two books on the subject. I have had medical doctors confer with me to learn more about cannabis as medicine. ) When you are gagging and vomiting from chemotherapy, you can rarely swallow the copycat pharmaceutical capsule, Marinol. 40 mg. a day cost $2,000 a month. Why is cannabis illegal? Follow the money. Marijuana is competition to alcohol, tobacco, and primarily pharmaceutical companies, hence, the USA has convinced other countries that this plant should be a Schedule I drug, along with drugs such as heroin.
In May 2002 medical journalist Carl Wagner gave this answer in the Hull Daily Mail (United Kingdom): "The truth is that herbal cannabis in natural forms would yield little profit for pharmaceutical corporations, while eliminating in the long term profit-driven patent drugs. Why allow people to use a safe plant for pennies when you can sell them a pill for a pound?"
In 1995, relying on 30 years of scientific research, editors of the internationally respected medical journal Lancet concluded, "The smoking of marijuana, even long term, is not harmful to health."
I formally worked in front of the camera's for the CBS television affiliate in Hawaii where I lived for 30 years. I have spent over 50 years researching cannabis, States Rights, and the U.S. government's lies regarding this plant.
I have interviewed hundreds of medical cannabis users. Bing Crosby was able to quit alcohol by switching to cannabis.
Country singer/actor, Willie Nelson also had a severe alcohol problem, until he began using cannabis. The Beatles used marijuana because they didn't want to become addicted to alcohol. Elvis Presley's best friend, Joe Esposito, said that had Elvis just stuck to pot he would no doubt be alive today.
The 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, prohibited the non-medical use of cannabis. The U.S. government has always known that marijuana has medical value. When I was a kid in the 1940's, we were told that marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind. It turns people into criminals, and many marijuana users become helplessly insane. Today, they are telling us that marijuana is more addictive than heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, Ecstasy, and all other illegal drugs combined!
In 1972 the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) sued the DEA to remove cannabis from its Schedule I list, so that it could be medically prescribed. The DEA said it would keep an open mind, so long as its own judge would rule on it. It went in and out of the courts. In 1982, their judge, Francis Young, related the story of a 3-year old;d boy with cancer. "The child vomited for days after chemotherapy. Standard medications failed. With the doctor's approval, the mother made tea and cookies from marijuana for her child. He did not vomit. His strength returned. He regained lost weight. His spirits revived." Later Judge Young stated: 'Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." With corrupt politics the DEA rejected their own judge's findings.
The DEA still, under the Investigative New Drug program (IND) policy, the federal government still provides 300 rolled marijuana cigarettes to the six patients remaining in that study. In 1992 when hundreds of dying AIDS patients requested medical cannabis to stop their vomiting and wasting syndrome, the study was halted!
Please do not return Renee Boje to the USA.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
David R. Ford
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