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Saturday, April 22nd 2006

Politics Trumps Science

The FDA says that marijuana has no legitimate medical uses.

A Food and Drug Administration statement on Thursday denying any medical benefits of marijuana reinforced the divide between federal officials and the states that have approved the drug’s use to ease some medical conditions.

[A] 1999 review by the National Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, the nation’s most prestigious scientific advisory panel…found marijuana to be “moderately well-suited” to some conditions, including wasting disease from AIDS and the nausea that often results from chemotherapy.

I say marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol to its users or others. If you want to make the choice to use it, and not endanger others, I don’t understand the resistance to such. Especially in a case where you feel it helps you deal with terrible discomfort associated with a medical condition.