According to a post by Dr. Joseph Mercola dated yesterday, the cannabis plant can take the place of a wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs, especially for mood and anxiety disorders. Because of this, medical cannabis is clearly competition to the pharmaceutical industry.
Medical marijuana has been legal for 18 years in the state of California. For the past seven years, Dr. Allan Frankel, a board-certified internist in California, has treated patients with medical cannabis.
Many societies around the world have been indoctrinated to view marijuana as a dangerous gateway drug that will lead you down a path of illicit drug use. These same societies fail to realize that prescription drugs actually have a much greater potential to turn you into "a junkie." Legal drug addiction is currently taking lives in record numbers. In the United States, for example, there were four times more deaths among women from prescription painkiller overdose than for cocaine and heroin deaths combined in 2010.
Some pharmaceutical drugs have killed tens of thousands of individuals like the painkiller Vioxx, which killed over 60,000 before being pulled off the market. A recent study also estimated that the diabetes drug Avandia, in a five-year span, killed some 800,000 people in Europe from inappropriate use of beta-blockers in non-cardiac surgery patients.
Dr. Frankel thinks cannabis should be de-scheduled altogether, as a plant really does not belong on any schedule of a controlled substance. He says:
"How could we have a plant on a schedule? What if it's an all-THC plant? What if it's an all-CBD? What if we find some other psychoactivity? If you take the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) and look at every product, none of them looks like a plant to me. This is the only plant, and it's not just one medicine. One entry with one data ID or MDI cannot be applied for cannabis. For example, we're actually right now making different medicines with cannabis plants based upon harvest time."