By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
December 20, 2013
Parents pushing for a marijuana-based treatment for children with life-threatening illnesses have the ear of U.S. Congressman Walter Jones, who is asking state lawmakers to study the issue.
But, contrary to some media reports released last week, Jones said Thursday he is not taking up the cause for legalizing medicinal marijuana.
“These individuals have made a compelling argument that a non-intoxicating, natural compound called cannabidiol, or CBD, could – if consumed in a safe, controlled liquid form – offer a viable medical alternative that would allow these children to enjoy a long, healthy life,” Jones said.
“I encourage our state elected officials to give this issue the attention it deserves by consulting with medical professionals to determine the efficacy of the safe use of CBD in liquid form for young patients that have no other medical options.”
Jones, whose 3rd District includes parts of Pender and New Hanover counties, said he had been approached by parents of children with terminal brain cancer, extreme epileptic seizures and other serious illnesses. He asked that Christians across the state lift these children in prayer.
“Our hearts go out to these parents, who, as Congressman Jones said, have tried everything imaginable to help their children,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “We will certainly be in prayer.”
“At the same time, we are glad to know that Jones is not advocating for the legalization of marijuana for medical use – an issue that is both very complex and controversial.”
Having long opposed medical cannabis legislation, which is considered by the pro-pot movement as step one toward full-fledged legalization, the Christian Action League said any Tar Heel lawmakers Jones addresses on the issue should proceed with the utmost caution.
“Too often what may began as a genuine attempt to receive experimental, marijuana-based treatment can be hijacked by those pushing their own agenda – total legalization of the narcotic drug,” Dr. Creech said. “Any proposal offered at the General Assembly should advocate for a narrow and limited study of the CBD liquid and not offer even a hint of endorsement of the use of homegrown cannabis or street-corner marijuana as medicine.”
Even then, he said the idea is rife with potential problems.
“God has provided in His creation incredible flora and fauna, which include a variety of substances that can be used for man’s healing,” Dr. Creech said. “But when a plant is so misused, as marijuana has been, with thousands in our nation now facing addiction and other negative consequences, it is next to impossible to recapture any healthful benefits without exacerbating drug abuse.”
Jones has served in the U.S. House since 1995. Prior to being elected to Congress, he spent a decade in the N.C. General Assembly.