Originally Published: January 7, 2016 6 a.m.
Twelve generations of our family have called Arizona home. I recently attended the Chino Valley P&Z meeting. Fear is caused by lack of knowledge and we only know what we have been told, so educate yourself on the science of cannabis.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and medical correspondent for CNN the past 15 years, says, "As a society we have been systematically mentally manipulated into believing there is no therapeutic value to cannabis."
Washington, D.C., and California have medical marijuana programs going back 20 years. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse-Tyson says, "Science is a way to keep from fooling (ourselves) and others." At the May 17 "Science of Cannabis" conference in Mesa, Arizona, attendees were taught cannabis in its raw form is a whole food and super food, just like blueberries and bananas.
Science says cannabis has 487 components that all vertebrates - mammals, fish, birds and reptiles - require for homeostasis- mental/physical balance, that our bodies have an endocannabinoid system, a complex system consisting primarily of the CB1 receptors controlling brain and central nervous system function and the CB2 receptors in our blood controlling our organs and immune system ready to receive this food/medicine plant.
I prefer my cannabis in juice form that no dispensary in our state sells because of limited supply, yet I am banned from growing my own.
Now that we are talking whole food and medicine crops, does it change your view of the economic impact? CANORML states the cannabis crops in California use 0.04 percent of all water used for agriculture in the state.
Industrial hemp can make more than 50,000 products and cannabis sativa is healing millions of people. Arizona has always been known for the five C's: climate, cattle, cotton, copper, and citrus; it's time to add cannabis.