UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Archaic Marijuana Comments

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This week’s step back was courtesy of the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. Prime Minister May clearly has not read the literature on the fact that legalized and regulated marijuana helps decrease access for those underage. “[Marijuana use]  has a huge impact on families.” On this point, we agree with Prime Minister May, but from an entirely different point of view. In 2015, a study in Israel showed that cannabis treatment for certain cancers helped slow tumor growth and promoted cancer cell death. Even the former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said that marijuana is not the catalyst for harsher drug use. In fact, the U.S. National Cancer Institute states on their website that marijuana can be an effective tool in treating cancer.

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Social reform often experiences the journey of change at a pace of two steps forward, one step back.

In countries around the world, new laws are passed, legislation is created, and then some world leader opens their mouth and reminds us that Reefer Madness ignorance is alive and well in some social circles.

This week’s step back was courtesy of the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. During a live Facebook Q&A hosted by ITV, the Prime Minister outlined her reasons for not wanting to legalize cannabis in any form — fact checked each of her statements:

“There have obviously been some studies into the use of cannabis or derivatives for medical use.”

This statement is entirely true, although significantly understated by the Prime Minister. In fact, there have been hundreds of reliable studies all over the world that show cannabis is a viable and powerful substance...

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