Letters to the Editor

Research and profits; equal branch; money and speech

Research and profits

Sadly, the United States is way behind in research regarding cannabidiol, known as CBD (“Bills would OK cannabis for epilepsy,” Friday).

Research done in 1977 proved CBD was a potent treatment in patients with epilepsy.

This research was squashed by pharmaceutical companies, which realized that people could self-medicate, hence decreasing the profit margin on anti-seizure medication.

Specifically, the 1977 research stated: “These data indicate that CBD is an effective anticonvulsant with a specificity more comparable to drugs clinically effective in major than minor seizures.”

GW Pharmaceuticals is developing a medication isolating CBD specifically for these children. This is the result of a government (Great Britain) that encourages research for research’s sake, not for Big Pharma’s payout.

Marijuana needs to be legalized and taxed like other medications in the United States.

It has been proven (again, in other countries) to benefit those with multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, nausea from chemotherapy, post-traumatic stress disorder, wasting syndrome and failure to thrive seen in geriatric patients and many other disease processes we see today in Texas.

It is a sad day for humanity when profit is valued more than research.

— Beth Dawson, Arlington

Money and speech

The Koch brothers and their minions already have amassed nearly $900 million to advance their agenda in the presidential election of 2016.

This is not what the Founding Fathers meant by free speech.

Contrary to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, campaign spending is not speech. It is merely the enabler of speech.

In a nation founded on the self-evident truth that all men are created equal, a nation designed and structured to be a democratic republic, we must not allow the wealthy few to shout down the not-wealthy many.

We must oppose the blatant plutocracy being forced upon us. To those who may say this is waging “war on the rich,” I say it is only fair reprisal.

The rich started it.

— Paul R. Schattman, Arlington

Equal branch

How many times has President Obama ignored Congress to accomplish something he wanted to do, for instance exchange five terrorists in Gitmo for deserter Bo Bergdahl?

He continues to ignore Congress in every way possible, then claims it is a breach of protocol when Congress decides to do something without telling him.

It is time for Congress to stand up and let Obama know it is an equal branch of the government and will continue to act within legal boundaries.

— Clista Hancock, Arlington

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