See No Evil

April 23, 2006

EDITORIAL, Los Angeles Daily News

Regulators at the Food and Drug Administration last week decreed that there were no sound scientific studies supporting the use of medical marijuana.

But in its zeal to quash the legalization of medical marijuana, the FDA ignored a 1999 Institute of Medicine study that found pot eases pain and suffering for seriously ill people.

And if there aren't any medical studies large enough to satisfy the FDA, there's a very good reason: The federal government won't allow any serious inquiry into the medical benefits of marijuana.

Apparently, to concede some benefit of marijuana to terminally chronically ill patients is to encourage widespread reefer madness among the masses.

If the FDA wants to stand its ground on marijuana, that's one thing. But regulators shouldn't deceive the public by implying its decision is based on scientific fact.

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