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The Federal Government Concedes That Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells but Still Outlaws The Beneficial Plant

On one hand, the U.S. government acknowledges that marijuana is quite effective in suppressing the adverse symptoms of many medical conditions and on the other hand, continues to make it illegal to use or possess the drug. So what’s it going to be? Will the U.S. authorities wholly legalize pot throughout the country, or will they continue to drag their feet on the issue, not wanting to face defeat?

The official objective of the National Institute on Drug Abuse is to “bring the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction,” and now even they have come clean to the fact that extracts from the cannabis plant can eliminate cancer cells. They are so confident of the scientific results of a marijuana study that was carried out by researchers at St. George’s University, London, that they have included the outcome of the findings on their website under “DrugFacts: is Marijuana Medicine?”

In November, the Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal published the finding and noted that cannabis helps to “dramatically reduce” the growth of cancer cells in the brain. Lead researcher, Dr. Wai Liu, says they have known that cannabis contains elements that are beneficial, however, the results of the study are quite promising in drastically reducing brain cancers when used in conjunction with irradiation.

With so many states having legalized marijuana in one way or another, 23 actually, with four states and D.C. allowing for recreational use, why do the feds prohibit it and treat those who use it as criminals? Paul Mathieson doesn’t quite understand. The Department of Justice needs to buck up, stop being hypocritical and just legalize the plant already.

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