We have driven from
Nimbin with the Big Joint to ask that you consider an inquiry into the
consequences of prohibition on our society. It has devastated our
community, glamourizing drug use for young people and creating a black
market which lures many into a criminal lifestyle.
policing in our village has actually created more dangerous drug use as
people turn to powders and pills to avoid detection. Ice has replaced pot
for many young people. There have been several deaths.
An important point
we need you to please check out. Cannabis is uniquely fat soluble and
remains in your blood for 2-3 months after use. All other drugs leave no
trace after a day or less. Accordingly, statistics from hospital
admissions give a distorted picture of what drugs people are using. We
suspect your advisors are blaming cannabis for more than it really causes.
Please look at this important point.
also created disrespect for other good and sensible laws.
Please get back to
us on the issue of blood tests distorting cannabis figure. Bronwyn Bishop
is quoting around ten percent of Victorian hospital bed usage is due to
cannabis! Where do these figures come from?
Australian Hemp Party
P.O. Box 177,
31 May 2006.
FOOTNOTE: We would have written a much
different letter had we possessed the press release below, which of course
we couldn't, seeing as how it wasn't released when we wrote the letter
Cannabidiol Dramatically Inhibits Breast
Cancer Cell Growth, Study Says
June 1, 2006 - Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy: Compounds in marijuana inhibit cancer cell growth in
animals and in culture on a wide range of tumoral cell lines, including
human breast carcinoma cells, human prostate carcimona cells, and human
colectoral carcinoma cells, according to preclinical trial data published
in the May issue of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental
Investigators at Italy's Instuto di Chemica Biomolecolare assessed the
anti-cancer activity of various non-psychoactive cannabinoids - including
cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), and cannabichromine (CBC) - in vivo
and in vitro. Researchers reported that CBD acts as a more potent
inhibitor of cancer cell growth than other cannabinoids, including THC,
and noted that the compound is particularly efficacious in halting the
spread of breast cancer cells by triggering apoptosis (programmed cell
Cannabigerol and CBC also possess anti-tumor properties, but lack the
potency of CBD, they found.
"These results suggest the use in cancer therapy for cannabidiol,"
Previous studies have shown cannabinoids to reduce the size and halt the
spread of glioma (brain tumor) cells in animals and humans in a dose
dependent manner. Separate preclinical studies have also demonstrated
cannabinoids to inhibit cancer cell growth and selectively trigger
malignant cell death in skin cancer cells, leukemic cells, lung cancer
cells, and prostate carcinoma cells, among other cancerous cell lines.
For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy
Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, "Antitumor activity of
plant cannabinoids with emphasis on the effect of cannabidiol on human
breast carcinoma," is available online at:
Additional information on cannabinoids' anti-cancer properties is
available in NORML's report, "Cannabinoids as Cancer Hope," online at: