People are skeptical about these attempts at dissuasion, beyond myself, as I found upon a NORML BB from New Zealand:
Joined: Oct 29, 2004
tony, hopefully you're friends are mistaken. just for discussion here's another piece i found online. i'm pathologically optimistic
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1. Pharmaceutical companies are vigorously pursuing patents on various marijuana components and derivatives for a great variety of potential medical applications. Given the rigorous and heavily politicized FDA approval process they'll ultimately need to pass, there's no sense in indulging anti-marijuana hysteria within the government bureaucracy.
I sway between optimism and pessimism.
I read that piece and felt he had got it wrong.. His very first point (1.) to me explains why.
The drug companies have known for over 50 yrs ( maybe hundreds) and even so more of late cannabis has considerable medical attributes . Up until recently and in part thanks to GW 's they have begun a race to develop an alternative to natural product , one they can secure commercial interest and clip the ticket on..
Its still in their best interest to ensure natural product is excluded as competition , they will be able to oversell the objections as to the negative propaganda they create on cannabis by using the same arguments they used when they convinced our own MOH and Ministers Of Health to drop natural product and replaced it with sativex on any applications for approval.
They will ensure the staus of cannabis remains as it is , just as morphine is approved but opium is not, one of the ploys we will see soon..
I am optimistic we will overcome , but only if we know just what we are up against..
Know thy enemy .
Joined: Dec 01, 2003
Location: Christchurch, NZ
Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:45 pm
Thats an interesting article nightshade. I don't think I am about to swallow it hook, line & sinker right at the moment. But thats just me
Money, influence, power and control, of course the police and others have a hand out for their pound of flesh or, more politely, their piece of the prohibition pie. Yum yum. ...........
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Comment posted by Anonymous on Sat, 07/12/2008 - 3:45pm