Researchers Say Marijuana Prohibition is Censoring Science

Marijuana prohibition has set back scientific research on the cannabis plant greatly over the last several decades, researchers are saying.

David Nutt, who is a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, said in a recent issue of the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience that, “The decision to outlaw these drugs was based on their perceived dangers, but in many cases the harms have been overstated.”

Professor Nutt went even further in a statement that accompanied the research paper, saying that the laws amounted “to the worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Copernicus and Galileo.

Marijuana Research Censorship“The laws have never been updated despite scientific advances and growing evidence that many of these drugs are relatively safe. And there appears to be no way for the international community to make such changes,” he said.

“This hindering of research and therapy is motivated by politics, not science.”

The fact is that officials in the federal government have shown no hesitation to make medical decisions for huge segments of American citizens. Denying millions of people the option of medical cannabis is just a natural extension of the fed and their constant quest for more power and control.

Most politicians simply think they know better than you or your doctor, or anyone else for that matter. They see all the power they are given and think, “well, I must have all this control over people for some reason.” And before you know it, they are telling you what to do, whether it be in your doctor’s office or in the privacy of your own home.

“If we adopted a more rational approach to drug regulation, it would empower researchers to make advances in the study of consciousness and brain mechanisms of psychosis, and could lead to major treatment innovations in areas such as depression and PTSD,” Nutt said.

More research. By all means, every single test and method of research should be applied to the cannabis plant so that we may know all of its secrets. Those who support the legalization of cannabis want as much light shed of the issue as possible. Those who oppose legalization attempt to thwart research at every turn.

History will someday view this era of cannabis prohibition as an anomaly, a time when humans temporarily lost their minds and outlawed the most beneficial plant in existence after thousands of years of use. But that will only happen if activists have the fortitude to see this battle through to the ultimate goal, freedom for all who use cannabis.

– Joe Klare

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  • Carolyn mayo

    Cannabis is a one stop cure! Our AMA is based on treating a condition for the longevity of life. A band-aid that requires purchasing pharmaceuticals never curing. I am a terminal cancer survivor…22 yrs too. Canada has clinicals for cannabis in which they are curing leukemia and cancer. They have a 7 yr old, poster child for surviving leukemia. But if we cure, who is going to support Wall Street? We could stop deforestation with the use of Hemp products. There are too many pros to this to keep ignoring the Green Elephant in the Oval Office. We need research and we need it now. We are patients out-of-time. There is no turning back now!

  • James

    Why speak my mind when it dosent matter enyways ? The politics are going to have there way anyways. It never took this long to lift prohibition on Alcohol and it kills more people then enything besides tobacco. I wish I could use Cannibus here in Missouri. I would rather have that then this stinking ass man made BS. It dosent help me like cannibus dose. Im also affraid that tje stupid Federal Gov will tax the hell out of it. We should be able to grow a certian amount of plants per house hold a year and pay a tax on it. Of course it probably as high as a property tax and thats going to be bullshit.

    • David Matson

      It is certainly smart to be skeptical of the recent DOJ announcement, but a lot of long time activists are extremely optimistic.
      But nothing is ever easy with the government involved.
      Thanks for commenting!

  • david allen m.d.

    I completed a study of calling all medical schools in the US and asked if they taught the ECS in medical schools. The results only 13% of schools even mention this in class and no school has organized study of the Endocannabinoid system.!blank/c1ggh