The #Cannabis Conspiracy and the Abdication of Medicine
By Al Byrne
Patients Out of Time
true enough what the federal wordsmiths of spin roll out about there
being a conspiracy to make cannabis available to the sick in the United
States. There is such a cabal of cannabis crusaders working to undermine
the U.S. government's role in determining what medicine(s) patients can
use, and when, and how.
I know most of these people and let me assure you that they are serious about their goal (1). I'm one of the conspirators.
like Libertarians and the Tea Party stalwarts, are half crazy about the
wide reach of all governments into their lives -- negative, as they see
it. Many are politically active, seeing the election of selected
politicians the key to a change in the rules of cannabis prohibition
regardless of whether they sport a red or blue tie. The politically
oriented see a goal of 21 states with legal cannabis as
a jump off for a Constitutional Amendment process -- a move that places
decisions best made by health care professionals in the hands of non-medical citizens.
The Capitalists have moved into the cabal after surrounding the
gathering with a multitude of products to infuse, to eat, to vaporize,
to chew, to suck, to rub, or to inhale. Their money now challenges the
federal government's investment in a long running cannabis annihilation
project defined by the knowing citizen as a failure.
including me, have gone to the courts and demanded a change to the
prohibited scheduling of cannabis under the rubric of "The Coalition to
Reschedule Cannabis." It took 10 years for this petition to move through
the process, designed to delay and obfuscate a reasonable request.
petition is part of the conspiracy to bring the ill and dying a better,
non-toxic, method of restoring their endocannabinoid system. I admit that.
Ten years of delay seems like another conspiracy at work, I also admit. (2).
are in the forefront of the plot to free the cannabis plant from its
murderers. Some government accounts list "patients" as the real source
of the fire that burns joints to relieve pain in other joints and
sustains the blow-back of heat that 18 states and DC have brought to the
Keepers of Prohibition in the freest country on earth.
will claim the patients' best friend, the nurse, with the leadership
role in the rediscovery of the plant and its magic clinical ways with
humans. It is the American Nurses Association (ANA), representing the
most revered profession - nurses - that has charged all U.S. nurses to
become educated about the therapeutic, nutritional and clinical uses of
A series of accredited clinical
cannabis conferences is part of the plot to undermine the cannabis cops.
It's simple really. All you have to do is take the best cannabis
researchers and clinicians from around the world, put them in a room and
let them speak about their astonishing discoveries of cannabinoid
receptors throughout the human body; the endocannabinoid system; of
marvelous healing compounds such as THC and CBD and their acids found in
the plant; of the cancer killing, pain deadening, spasticity calming,
anti-emetic properties, and emotional peace cannabis may provide the
have been seven of these historic forums, each sanctioned by the ANA
and the American Medical Association (AMA) as worthy clinical courses
meriting attendees coveted CME and CEU credits for professional
development. MDs and RNs can find the same education online, and so can
I'm writing as a leader of the
cannabis conspiracy to brag up my involvement in the plan to "overgrow
the government." I think that honest therapeutic information about
cannabis has been around now for at least 20 years, the time frame of
the discovery of cannabis receptors becoming known.
What has happened within the U.S. medical community over the two decades has been an abdication of responsibility concerning clinical cannabis use.
I am pleased that the AMA has "accredited" Patients Out of Time's
clinical cannabis forums for medical doctors to learn of the science
that discredits the federal spin, the lack of AMA leadership in this
controversy is alarming. As a start at this critique I offer the fact
that to my knowledge as I write in November 2012, no medical school
or nursing school in the U.S. offers a course on medicinal cannabis
uses, its nutritional value, its clinical potential, and the interface
between cannabis plant compounds and our endocannabinoid system.
that all living creatures on earth, canines and sponges, birds and
snakes share the common system of endocannabinoid production, I used to
wonder if some doc somewhere would notice. Then one did. His name is
Petzel and he is the leader, a medical doctor, of the Veterans Health
Administration. In July 2010 a Directive, VHA 2010-035, was issued under
his signature that said clearly, cannabis is a medicine.
there is a federal conundrum. The largest health care system in the
U.S., a federal agency run by medical professionals, says cannabis is
medicine, in writing. The drug czar, a cop, says cannabis is poison.
The news made the first page of The New York Times! All VA facilities began treating Vets that used cannabis legally under state law without a problem. Suicides dropped! (4).
are the VA doctors in this issue? Is it medicine or not? If it's
medicine for Sgt. Black why isn't it medicine for Sgt. White?
Answer: Sgt. White lives in Virginia, Sgt. Black lives in Maine.
where are the VA docs? Why are they silent about practicing medical
treatment protocols based on geography? "First do no harm" does not
apply if you are an MD working for the US federal system?
is the AMA mute? If it's medicine for a wounded Vet in Arizona why not
in Idaho? Idaho Vets did not measure up? Idaho Vets don't hurt like guys
from other states? Idaho Vets are like Nam Vets so let's screw them
over like we did those guys?
Why are the media
such shills for national indecency? Unethical medical practice is OK?
Medicine is doled out based on where the Vet lives not the Vets
wounds? This is not news?
I know I'm an old guy in a new world... but shit, what happened? Where are all those young and old journalists that used to give a damn about the world they "report" about?
did the docs let cops and lawyers steal their work? When did we start
issuing lawyers medical and nursing degrees? When did the law change
about who gets to make medical judgments to folks with no knowledge, no
license, only the ability to "make laws" and pretend they know what they
Why does law enforcement sit at a table
discussing what type of symptom cannabis can be used for as though some
county sheriff is medically enlightened? Why not put drilling teeth
into a Senator's job description?
As a member
of the VFW, I was told the VFW has at this point no position on some
Vets getting cannabis to treat TBI, PTS, other wounds, pain, while other
Vets are denied, prohibited from receiving the same medical protocol.
As a member I could begin a resolution process to see if the VFW would
actually speak up about such callous mistreatment of Veterans of foreign
war -- an estimated three-year process.
reminded the VFW representative that while we spoke a Vet blew her head
off, and another one would again and again every 80 minutes. I was told
that a supervisor would call to help me find another way for the VFW
National Commander to reset the balls he left somewhere.
That was 12 days ago. No call.
a member of the American Legion, I have written the Legion leadership
multiple times requesting the organization's aid in seeking an end to
this medical debauchery being practiced on wounded Vets. Never has any staffer ever answered up.
They did send a request for dues, though!
Legion might have a great baseball program for kids but when they grow
up and become soldiers, make that wounded soldiers, the Legion has no
program at all to insure equal medical treatment for those they claim to
But, dear readers, do not be too
concerned. Veterans Day is behind us for another year; your plastic
yellow ribbon will survive the days to the next. The Virginia Governor,
an Army Vet, will ignore the 800,000 Vets in his state who are denied
cannabis a medicine. He wants to be the President, you see. Many other
governors will as well.
Representatives and thousands of political staffers will find other more
meaningful tasks than unethical Vet care to banter about -- like fiscal
cliffs and hem lines and the demise of Twinkies -- but not the death by
their own hand of the troop that died while you read my essay.
The AMA, the media, the VA, MD's - what about you?
~ Al Byrne for Patients Out of Time
a direct link to the University of California's School of Medicine, San
Francisco and a series of online accredited courses on the nutritional,
holistic, clinical uses of cannabis and the state of the art science
concerning the endocannabinoid system (ECS) found in all living
creatures excepting insects.