On the site Gizmodo.com, whose motto is “We are from the future”, there was an article “The greatest scientific scam in the last 50 years.” In it, some eminent scientists were asked a direct question: Why did hemp get such dubious fame?
This question was partially answered by Robert N. Proctor, professor of the history of science and lung medicine at Stanford University. He cited the example of the Tobacco Research Council, the main instrument of the tobacco industry, which denies that tobacco causes cancer …
“Twenty-seven Nobel laureates took money from the tobacco industry, and every major university was literally bathed in tobacco money.
Robert N. Proctor, professor of history of science and lung medicine at Stanford University
Cannabis vs. tobacco: which is more harmful?
Considering that tobacco still kills millions of people around the world, this question certainly remains relevant. The fact that no such scientific charges have been made against cannabis is proof of its “victory.”
First of all, cannabis has been used for thousands of years without any serious health and social consequences.
From the report of the Indian Hemp Commission in 1893 to the 1993 report of the Chairman of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, no major scientific study has found any serious basis for criminalizing the plant.
In the history of the ban, there have been more than 22 million marijuana arrests in the United States alone , which continue to this day. Last year, more than 500 thousand people were subjected to similar arrests.
Legislatures in several states are now passing laws to abolish cannabis convictions.
But how do the victims get their lives back?
The harm of denying the benefits of medical marijuana
It is impossible to measure the harm done by pressure to medical cannabis.
How much suffering and death has been caused by its denial even as an antiemetic for patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer? Not to mention all the other diseases for which the benefits of medical cannabis are finally being recognized and researched.
Not surprisingly, the ban on marijuana left for her the distribution channels through which heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine pass, along the way they put the label on the plant as a “starter drug that inevitably leads to heavy substances . “
Which also led to a fierce war between drug cartels, tearing apart Mexico and other supplying countries.
Why, despite millennia, has been denied cannabis as one of the main agricultural products?
However, it happened. This “science” really has serious problems.
Who benefits from banning marijuana?
Recently, the same site published an interesting article by Kelsey Piper “Science is in a ‘self-renewal crisis'”.
It mentions a 2005 article by John Ioannidis, “Why Can’t Most Published Research Results Be Believed?”
Of course, when you follow the “latest research”, you should always pay attention to the sponsor.
If research that justifies tobacco as a health issue was funded by the tobacco industry, this does not necessarily prove false, but it is important to know the funding sources and other potential conflicts of interest.
What to do when the sponsor is the government?
In this case, for sure, there should be no conflict of interest.
For example, 85 percent of all drug research is funded by the National Institute of Addictions (NIDA).
And NIDA is only interested in what supports the war on drugs, especially the ban on marijuana.
Cannabis Research Funding Analysis
A recent analysis of funding for cannabis research in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom showed that between 2000 and 2018, $ 1.56 billion was spent on the topic; about half of that money is spent researching the potential harm of a recreational drug.
Slightly more than $ 1 billion came from the largest donor, the US National Institute of Addiction, which allocated much more money to research on cannabis abuse and its negative effects than on its use as a therapeutic drug.
“A government budget is a political statement about how much it values its citizens,” says Daniel Mallison, a cannabis policy researcher at Pennsylvania State University.
He conducted a funding analysis for the journal Science.
“In fact, the bulk of the money for cannabis has gone to study drug abuse and probably the disorders caused by it, as opposed to medical cannabis — that says a lot.
Daniela Vergara, cannabis genomics researcher at the University of Colorado
The facts only confirm the “street rumors” about growing government grants for just such research.
Growth in funding for cannabis research
However, it must be admitted that total funding for cannabis research in the United States is growing steadily, from less than $ 30.2 million in 2000 to more than $ 143 million in 2018, and funds for researching medical therapies with the plant are growing – although this is is not happening as fast as funding for research into its harm.
Meanwhile, in the real world, the American people, the main target of prohibitive propaganda and which they are forced to finance, overwhelmingly vote against government policies.
People understand that they are being lied to.
Here I remember a cartoon filmed many years ago.
The boy looks skeptically at breakfast and tells his mother, “You lied to us about marijuana, so how do we know that you are not cheating about granola?”
Scientific credibility is a virtue that can be easily lost.