LETTER: Regulate, don’t close, pot dispensaries

Rather than trying to close medical marijuana dispensaries, the city, or any other municipality, should first do some proper research

Rather than trying to close medical marijuana dispensaries, the city, or any other municipality, should first do some proper research as to the benefits of the cannabis plant rather than the typical authoritarian approach of it’s a drug and drugs are bad as opposed to it’s an herb and therefore beneficial.

What the city could consider is regulation inasmuch as, knowing exactly what the THC/cannabinoid ratio is as this is important to know. The THC is largely for pain relief whereas the cannabinoids are healing.

The hemp oil known as “Charlotte’s Web,” which reduced the child Charlotte’s epileptic seizures from 300 per day to just a few, has a ratio of one part THC to 28 parts cannabinoid.

However, the widely publicized return of her seizures was because she was given a strain of low THC and low cannabinoid.

The cannabis controversy is about money; there is no money to be made from healthy people or a plant that can heal and will grow in abundance. Responsible research dating back to the 1800’s will confirm this.

Make the medical pot producers pay for a scientific analysis of each strain they sell and demand regular quality control reports from trusted labs. This is what happens in Colorado. Check out the “Stanley Brothers,” Colorado’s largest cannabis producers.

Gary Huntbatch