Most of the beneficial effects of cannabis come from the cannabinoids and not THC. You aren't going to be able to use that synthetic stuff for any muscular or nervous disorders and forget about using it for glaucoma. Synthetic THC does not have the same medical benefits, performs poorer for the things it can be used for, and has side-effects that cannabis doesn't, and as others have mentionned it can kill, and is physically addictive and causes withdrawal symptoms.
An interesting side-note about addictions. Most drugs are not physically addictive in their unaltered natural form but become so when you isolate one part. Unsure about opium as can't find any studies done on pure opium and not it's derivatives. Note physical addiction is not the same as mental addiction. Canabis can be mentally addictive but so can food, sex, etc...
The person who commented that cannabis sativa looks very different from cannabis indica is missing the point that both have high THC strains (pure sativas more in the mountains of the east and mexico, while indica mainly confined to middle east, hot lowlands), while hemp is grown strictly from cannabis sativa.
The real reason you can't hide hemp amongst marijuana is planting density. Spindly sativas grown for marijuana will spread out and consume up to 25 sqft for one plant. When you plant for fiber densities can reach 100 plants per sqft as you want to reduce any lateral growth and strictly encourage vertical growth as it's the long bast fibers that are used. There's absolutely no way someone can confuse the two.
Computer courses here do not compare to anything given in the states or canada, unless you go to a very expensive internationally recognized University which a huge section of the population can't even dream to afford.
Though it would make a lot of sense since all the computers i've seen in governement offices are ancient things and look basically just like terminals, something Linux would be excellent for.
I've often thought of working in the government to help introduce change, but seeing how 'American' everything is here i won't give up my Canadian citizenship to bang my head against a wall.
Besides, the whole free thing hardly means anything here when everybody just pirates things. Still puzzled why there's always police at the tianguis yet they do nothing to the ~12 stands of pirated movies/video games/music. I'm a little too afraid of what would happen if i asked them.
After all, i understand as some one who had been called 'son of satan' since i was about 7 to 18 just because some kids claimed to have seen me levitating on certain occassions during my meditations.
In the return, the Christ (translation Messiah, no, it's not Jesus' last name) comes not as the lamb but as the lion, and justice will be meted out by his right hand (the hand of aggression) carrying a sword.
Of course, that can always be interpreted that the returning Christ was Mohammed and we are in the midst of seeing the conflict between those who follow more strictly the teachings, and not the church which wrote a new set of rules and threw out all the old ones.
May we live in interesting times.
BTW, i belong to no religion. I do find it important to keep on eye out for what all the religions are doing (including the religion of science) because there are always wackos who will go to extremes, and regardless of whether i believe, THEY believe, and that's all that's needed to make it 'true'(self-fulfilling prophecies and what-not).
I actually got so disappointed by my fellow canadians allowing such bullshit to go on that i left the country.
Canadians may have a lot of heart and lay down their lives to protect freedom in every war out there (almost, so damn proud of Chretien basically telling Bush to shove his "you're either with us or against us" where the sun don't shine over Iraq), but they're also extremely naive and stupid when someone tells them to bend over you're going to enjoy this (basically all natural resource exports to the US)
"An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of code." -- an anonymous programmer