Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people.

- Richard M. Nixon

Marijuana or Alzheimer's? You Choose

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is asking for help in her struggle to help her husband, who has Alzheimer's:

"Our nation is certainly ready to get deadly serious about this deadly disease," she told lawmakers on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) leads.

O'Connor, who stepped down from the bench in 2006 to help care for her husband, John, urged lawmakers to increase funding for research and treatment of the disease. She said her husband was not doing well.

Is the government so controlled by the pharmaceutical and alcohol companies that even the possibility a simple, harmless plant that has been used to medicate for thousands of years should remain illegal, even while states are moving toward legalization? What is a good woman to do when the court she served perpetuates the criminalization of plant use by a free citizen, use that could have changed her husband's life:

The active ingredient in marijuana may stall decline from Alzheimer's disease, research suggests. [Read]

The active ingredient of marijuana could be considerably better at suppressing the abnormal clumping of malformed proteins that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's than any currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of the disease. [Read]

Marijuana or Alzheimer's? The choice is yours.

To paraphrase religious zealot's: Alzheimer's is the price one pays for not supporting a free society.

Unfortunately, we all pay.

posted at 15:23:27 on 05/15/08 by clearpolitics - Category: Science - [Permalink]

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