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Medical Marijuana Goes High Class: Cannabis Featured in Fortune Magazine

Cannabis/Marijuana and Federal Lying Psychotics.
From the Fortune article, How marijuana became legal

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Fortune Magazine, certainly one of the most prominent high class magazines, published the article How marijuana became legal on September 15, 2009.

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The story is a far cry from muggles[1] and potheads to this magazine article written by Roger Parloff, an admitted pot smoker of some thirty years ago (and today also).

He did his work well but I give him a B minus (I’m a retired Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology with 50 years of Cannabis research and some 4000 medical marijuana patients).

His article should be devastating to the Federal lying bureaucrats but they are hardshell liars and will shrug off the facts.

Author Parloff made some significant omissions in his article but interviewing Irv Rosenfeld, Dr. Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre of NORML, and Stephen DeAngelo (of the $20 million a year Marijuana dispensary in Oakland) was truly a Tour de Force.

His biggest mistake was not referring to Dr. Tod Mikuriya’s [2] book Marijuana Medical Papers 1839 – 1972.

He relates ALL of Eli Lilly’s Cannabis medicine history, referring toJack Herer’s encyclopedic Cannabis book The Emperor Wears No Clothes, and a short schrift of O’Shaugnessy, the current best Pharmacology and Therapeutic reference magazine, establishing Cannabis/Marijuana as an excellent medicine.

Parloff also overlooked Granny Storm Crow's outstanding reference of ALL of the medical conditions for which Cannabis/Marijuana is useful or even lifesaving.

He still puts Marinol, a very poor substitute for the real thing, as a Schedule II drug. Surprise, it is Schedule III – a glaring error.

He also minimizes the use of vaporizers while giving free advertising to the most expensive one.

Good vaporizers can be bought for less than $200.

One thing in Parloff's favor; he does quote DEA Administrative Judge Francis Young's statement, “Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man” - while castigating John C. Lawn, Administrator of the DEA, who reversed Judge Young's decision.

I guess Mr. Lawn was a patron of the cheap liquor stores in Washington D.C.

Don’t get me wrong, this Fortune article about Legal Cannabis/Marijuana is good-- but it is not as good as it could be.


[2] July 24, 2009: Medical Marijuana Use & Benefits: a Reprise - Dr. Phil Leveque


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julia maple February 26, 2011 4:40 pm (Pacific time)

There are some persons who even think of making a business with medical marijuana in states in which it isn't illegal: Marijuana stops tumor growth and it helps with hundred of other sicknesses. Some believe that alcohol and even cigarettes are worse then weed.. I know one thing for sure: alcohol kills more people then guns do:)

forex robot November 19, 2009 12:07 am (Pacific time)

Nice post & nice blog. I love both.

SunflowerPipes September 23, 2009 9:23 pm (Pacific time)

There are many good persuasive arguments on why America should legalize marijuana; the problem is that fact has not translated into real political pressure on the people who can change the laws. One of the problems inhibiting legalization is that people that smoke a glass pipe or a hand rolled marijuana cigarette are not considered serious or mature. It is this stigma and the illegal nature of pot that makes people hide their use from public view, therefore reality of who uses pot is different than it seems. Marijuana Legislation is a serious issue and that has profound effects on crime the economy and society. In the end it is up to us to be public about our choices and to voice our opinions to the ones that ultimately decide what is legal. Every hand written letter that makes it to a representative is considered to be the voice of a thousand people who did not take the time to write. Send an email, send a letter, make a phone call and get counted.

mike September 19, 2009 1:21 am (Pacific time)

thanks for this good stuff. one minor point, the paragraph that mentions Jack Herer doesn't seem quite clear to me.

EDITOR: Thanks, you're so right. It's been clarified.

Truly September 19, 2009 12:04 am (Pacific time)

The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents. -- William F. Buckley

ElectroPig September 18, 2009 4:09 pm (Pacific time)

The funny thing about it all is that, since so little of the truth is actually allowd to reach the general public these days, it's not at all surprising there in any "mainstream article" there would be huge holes, glaring omissions. That's how the keep the people in the dark. is a site that everyone should read, regardles of their viewpoint. It is information we need, before we understand, and that is Jack's legacy. He has given us what we need to succeed, and we should settle for NO LESS!

scottportraits September 18, 2009 2:57 pm (Pacific time)

You are obviously a doctor who has some experience with medical cannabis and the legitimate use of it to treat some 48 symptoms and diseases. Am awe-struck that this 'high class' Wall Street Journal-type magazine did a cover story like this. Could it be that legalization (and regulation) are soon to happen ?? God: let it be so !! Support Medical Cannabis Access Florida Voters: Download Florida petition at: Support - Police Against Prohibition Support - MJ Lobby in Wash, DC

Jose Velasco September 18, 2009 8:26 am (Pacific time)

Well said my good Doc! Now if only the rest of society would abandon the reefer madness type hysteria then maybe the MSM would not be so cowardly in their coverage of Prohibition v2.0.

Joe September 18, 2009 6:17 am (Pacific time)

Well there is a mistake in your story also. the name of the Jack Herer's book is "the emperor wears no clothes"

EDITOR: Thanks Joe! Correction made.

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