Columbia, SC - On January 23rd 2019 at the state capital building, the SC Attorney General Alan Wilson publicly stated that, “marijuana is the most dangerous drug in America.” As reported by the Charleston City Paper, the AG was joined by a group of people in lab coats and the state's top cops stood at a the press conference in the Statehouse and rattled off a bunch of words nobody's ever used to talk about when using medical cannabis in an attempt to scare the other politicians in the building into voting against bipartisan legislation that would legalize medical cannabis.
What is truly most dangerous for the people of South Carolina are those people in State Government, like AG Wilson, who lie about the scientific and medical facts about cannabis for therapeutic uses.
Here are those 16 terms, many of them literally laughable, so just take a seat.
They use words like “stoned, high, wasted, baked, fried, cooked, chonged, cheeched, dope-faced, blazed, blitzed, blunted, blasted, danked, stupid, wrecked,” and that’s only half the words they used.
That statement made by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is in direct violation of the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers. Those rules of professional conduct clearly state a lawyer in SC cannot knowling present false evidence, just as AG Wilson has done in that false statement.
Then there is the SC Medical Association, who in 2019, is not even on the same page as the American Medical Association was in 1937; "The American Medical Association has no objection to any reasonable regulation of the medicinal use of cannabis and its preparations and derivatives. It does pretest, however, against being called upon to pay a special tax, to use special order forms in order to procure the drug, to keep special records concerning its professional use and to make special returns to the Treasury Department officials, as a condition precedent to the use of cannabis in the practice of medicine." - Wm. C. Woodward, Legislative Counsel - 11:37 AM Monday, July 12, 1937
The false statement made by South Carolina AG Alan Wilson is further in direct conflict with a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released Dec. 2018 which list the most Dangerous Drugs in America and they are all legal and come in prescription form. According to the CDC, the top 10 most dangerous drugs in american are drugs that belonged to three drug classes:
• Opioids: fentanyl, heroin, hydrocodone, methadone,
morphine, and oxycodone
• Benzodiazepines: alprazolam and diazepam
• Stimulants: cocaine and methamphetamine
The drugs that ranked 11–15 varied from year to year and included such drugs as diphenhydramine, citalopram, acetaminophen, carisoprodol, tramadol, oxymorphone, amitriptyline, clonazepam, gabapentin, and amphetamine.
Medical Cannabis has enabled many Advancements in Science, that clearly shows the statement made by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is a lie and a pathetic one at that.
- Stith, S. S., Vigil, J. M., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2018). Patient-reported symptom relief following medical cannabis consumption. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9, 96.
- Vigil, J. M., Stith, S. S., Diviant, J. P. Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2018). Effectiveness of raw, natural medical Cannabis flower for treating insomnia under naturalistic conditions. Medicines, 5(3), 75.
- Vigil, J. M., Stith, S. S., Reeve, A. P. (2018). Accuracy of patient opioid use reporting at the time of medical cannabis license renewal. Pain Research and Management. 1, 1-4, Article ID 5704128.
- Stith, S. S., Vigil, J. M., Adams, I. M., & Reeve, A. P. (2018). Effects of legal access to cannabis on Scheduled II-V Drug Prescriptions. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 19, 59-64.e1.
- Vigil, J. M., Stith, S. S., Adams, I. M., & Reeve, A. P. (2017). Associations between medical cannabis and prescription opioid use in chronic pain patients: A preliminary cohort study. PLoS ONE. 12(11): e0187795.
- Stith, S. S., & Vigil, J. M. V. (2016). Federal barriers to Cannabis research. Science. 352(6290), 1182.
That false statement made by SC Attorney General Wilson even contradicts the Nov. 2018 report the DEA released called, "2018 National Drug Threat Assessment". And well surprise surprise cannabis is not mentioned at all saying:
"Controlled prescription drugs remain responsible for the largest number of overdose deaths of any illicit drug class since 2001. These drugs are the second most commonly abused substance. Traffickers are now disguising other opioids as controlled prescription drugs to gain access to this market."
South Carolina Attorney General Wilson should take field trip with his friends in white lab coats and schedule a visit with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it’s just a short flight from South Carolina to Washington D.C. There at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, AG Wilson will find US Patent 6630507: Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants.
The U.S. Patent Office issued Patent 6630507 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed on 2/2/2001. U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 covers the potential use of non-psychoactive cannabinoids — chemical compounds found within the plant species cannabis sativa — to protect the brain from damage or degeneration caused by certain diseases, such as cirrhosis. U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 was granted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2003.
Since one part of the government applied for the patent of medical cannabis, and another part of the government approved that patent, it's only logical to conclude that the federal government knows that cannabis does indeed have valid medical properties.
What have other Attorney General’s said about cannabis; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in the interview released as part of Frontline’s “Chasing Heroin” documentary said,
“I certainly think it ought to be rescheduled. You know, we treat marijuana in the same way that we treat heroin now, and that clearly is not appropriate. So at a minimum, I think Congress needs to do that. Then I think we need to look at what happens in Colorado and what happens in Washington”.
What are the duties and responsibilities of the state attorney general?
Attorney general duties include providing consumer protections from fraud, scams and dangerous products, people and situations, and protection of the state's resources.
And it is very hard to do all those things, especially protections from fraud, when a State Attorney General establishes himself as dishonest and lacking in any integrity, as the SC Attorney General has done in making that false statement and violating the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers.
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