I am sorry, Dr. Cyril Wecht, but I disagree that propaganda is the issue with the legalization of marijuana (“The Mythology of Marijuana,” March 2 Forum). The legalization of beer and alcohol was just the beginning of the downward spiral in our health as a nation. The consumption of alcohol alone has crippled this country with early onset diabetes and other related chronic conditions. Other marketed forms of foods and drinks have similarly caused additional havoc on our young and comforted many of us into diseased states.
The mythology lies within medicine itself. Medicine needs a facelift and new approach to understand disease. Integrating medicine with nutrition will help to make connections to disease that over time could eventually change and improve the economy.
It is well known that many forms of marijuana induce an appetite along with its questionable relief of pain (and anxiety). Increasing the appetite for those who rely on processed, high-carbohydrate diets, unhealthy eating habits and unhealthy lifestyles only encourages and continues the vicious cycle resulting in pain and panic, and therefore a reliance on the drug. The lifestyle changes needed are being disregarded as a treatment. Nutrition and diet are a huge part of healing and recovery for addicts and those who suffer with chronic, terminal pain and illnesses, including cancer.
If the legalization of marijuana turns into what we have today with the “accepted” alcohol industry, then there will be no end to what we will rely on or turn to for controlling pain. Unfortunately the American way of life has led us down a path of comfortable numbness in regard to our health. This country will continue to decline in a state of fatigue and lack of regard for authority, accepting excuses made for anything but the inevitable need for changes in diet and lifestyle. This country is turning to “pot” when it actually just needs to address nutrition in medicine. I say don’t do it. I vote for health, not wealth.