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Oct-01-2007 05:27printcomments

Medical Marijuana Madness: Congressional Lynch Mob, A.D.D. and Lilly Pharmaceutical

Leveque exposes a billion dollar medicine that turns out to be useless, and the ignorance of the federal government wrestling with a business threat called legal Medical Marijuana.

Early Medical Marijuana ad
The federal government, working hand in hand with pharmaceutical companies, continues to disrespect the wishes of legal voters by using false information as supporting data in their arguments against legal cannabis. This advertisement for an American marijuana medicine made before 1937, demonstrates that early laws paralleled the pursuits of today's movement already legalized by voters, but continually harasses by pharmaceutical manufacturers and their allies in Congress.
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(MOLALLA, Ore.) - U.S. Representative Mark Souder from Indiana was the head of this lynch mob. Eli Lilly Company of Indianapolis was certainly one of his major constituents. They had just chemically produced a new drug for A.D.D., A.D.H.D., etc., and were heavily advertising it as a miracle drug. A.D.D. affects millions of children, so it was a multi-billion dollar product.

Simultaneously in California, medical marijuana doctors had found that marijuana cookies helped these A.D.D., A.D.H.D. patients. This was an extreme financial hazard to Lilly’s billion dollar a year medicine. Something extremely drastic had to be done to quench this disquieting news that a “weed” could be better than a billion dollar medicine.

“Let’s hold a Congressional hearing and trash medical marijuana in general and bring in fake marijuana experts and the news media in to get maximum publicity.”

Boy, oh, boy did they bring in the hired gunslingers:

1. Director National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH

2. Director of Office of Drug Evaluation, FDA

3. Director of Institute for Behavior & Health

4. Chief of Diversion Control Program, DEA

5. Dr. James Scott, Oregon Board of Medical Examiners

There were some defenders of medical marijuana:

1. Dr. Claudia Jensen, USC/ Medical school, who taught a course in cannabis therapeutics at USC Medical School.

2. Robert Kampia, Executive Director Marijuana Policy Project, D.C.

3. Dr. Phillip Leveque, Oregon’s leading medical marijuana doctor (ME)

I was invited to pay my own way, but I was told by “friends” at Marijuana Policy Project, “If you want to get chewed up and trashed by Rep. Mark Souder, just come over.” Souder had allowed me 5 minutes to defend myself and my patients. I decided it wasn’t worth it.

Souder tried to trash marijuana from the first minute. Calling it “so-called medicine” and that we were “convincing many Americans that marijuana was a true medicine for many diseases.”

Colonel Eli Lilly opened his
business at 15 W. Pearl St., in
Indianapolis, Indiana in May 1876
Photo: Eli Lilly and Company

Well, in fact it is a true medicine and a quick look at history shows us that Eli Lilly Company in Indianapolis was one of the major manufactures of cannabis medicine, up to the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

Souder also stated that, “Marijuana’s utility as medicine was unproven.” This despite the fact it has been used for at least 4,000 years, Eli Lilly included, and was the leading medicine in the U.S. for at least 50 years. Now it was a threat to Lilly’s new A.D.D. drug.

Souder also decries California and Oregon laws that, “Few if any restrictions are placed on what conditions marijuana may be used to treat and virtually no restrictions are placed on content potency or purity of such medical marijuana.” Wrong again!

The really strange thing about this is that the U.S. Government itself says that 77 million Americans have used marijuana and probably about 10 million use it daily. Our experience in Oregon is that 99 percent of our new patients are using it for “medical purposes.” We estimate at least 100 thousand Oregonians use it medically when they can get it.

Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) made the statement that, “of 21 million people who reported using marijuana in 2001, 2 million met criteria for drug addiction.” (Just because one uses it doesn’t mean he is an addict. Cannabis has a very low addiction potential.) She also made comments about the bad effects of marijuana. I thought she was talking about Oxycontin, which is widely prescribed and has caused thousands of deaths. Marijuana/cannabis has never killed anyone.

In passing, I must say she doesn’t know much about marijuana. She thinks people smoke the leaves. Wrong again!

I could go on. The congressional report is 20 thousand words over 31 pages. You get the idea though!

An unusual aside to all this, I just found out, Eli Lilly’s A.D.D. drug doesn’t work and they probably sold it to a subsidiary.


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Justin C October 1, 2007 3:57 pm (Pacific time)

It sure sign of the degradation of our government when what we call a democracy is obviously NOT a rule by the people. These congressional hearings are laughable. If marijuana is illegal because of the harmful effects to the brain and body, then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Oh... that's right... They've already tried that and decided it was "OK" because it can be taxed and controlled by the government. Thanks for the article Dr. Leveque.


ken w. October 1, 2007 11:55 am (Pacific time)

I'm at a loss - I'm not sure what this article is referring to - A congressional hearing? When was it?

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