Other than this outburst, most of the hearing is calm and respectful. The exception is Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican with a butch buzz cut, who runs a smug, adversarial line of questioning whenever a speaker questions the need for a ban.Read the whole story by clicking here.
This is most obvious when Hudson Luce shuffles from his chair to the microphone. His gray sweater has holes in it, his khakis are frayed, and his receding silver hair is swept back into a messy ponytail.
He's a U.S. patent attorney with a doctorate in physical organic chemistry.
"These cannabinoids and their receptors play an active role in controlling immune response and inflammation, as well as analgesia and the treatment of alcoholism," Luce testifies. "Cannabinoids have also recently been patented by a group at the Department of Health and Human Services for their neuroprotective and antioxidant capabilities. Other cannabinoids and analogs show great promise in treatment of neuroflammatory disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, amyloid formation in Alzheimer's disease, and many others. Also, cannabinoids show promise as treatments for atherosclerosis and breast cancer. JWH-018, the active ingredient in K2, is itself the subject of two U.S. patents owned by Roche Biotechnology for its use as a neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory agent."
"Why do you think high school kids should smoke it and get high?" Kinzer asks. "I don't think anyone should smoke anything,"
Luce responds. "Smoking anything -- tobacco, K2 -- carries significant health risks."