Monday, April 24, 2006

In the news: More on FDA and medical pot

In a Slate piece, Sydney Spiesel (a pediatrician who teaches at Yale Med School) confirms my dim view of FDA's recent gratuitous pronouncement about medical marijuana. Snip:
[W]e know neither more nor less about medical marijuana than we did seven years ago, whatever the FDA says. Why would the agency inaccurately claim that the science is settled when it isn't? I hardly need to say it: This isn't a medical or scientific conclusion. It's a political one.

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1 comment:

Jaime said...

I would have to agree! This seems to be driven by a political motive. There have been many cases of people who have claimed to benefit from marijauna for medical purposes. I would not wish an illness on anyone, but I am sure if it was some big wig in the polictical party who suffered from one of the medical illnesses found to get benefit from this, things would be looking very different right now. Not to mention there are many other drugs (i.e. cocaine) used everyday in medical drug cocktails for certain cancers and other terminal illness. I don't see why this is such a big deal! Before denying it, let's get some serious research done.