US Marijuana Party

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Drug Czar Bashes Medpot

Medical marijuana not worth the risks

Published on: 12/01/04

So-called "medical" marijuana is in fact a medical breakthrough straight from the 19th century.

Back then, Americans were exposed to a host of patent medicine "cure-alls." Most "cures" were alcohol, which explains why they made people "feel better." Marijuana was also available as an elixir for everything from migraines to gonorrhea.

Passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1907 exposed those claims, and today Americans enjoy the world's safest, most effective medical system, built on an unequaled process of scientific research and testing.

Marijuana advocates point to a thick study by the National Academy of Science as justifying the drug's medical use.

But the verdict of that 1999 report was that "marijuana is not a modern medicine." The authors described smoking marijuana as a "harmful drug delivery system."

Nor has the Food and Drug Administration approved smoking marijuana for any medical use.

It noted, "While there are no proven benefits to marijuana use, there are many short- and long-term risks associated with marijuana use."

By the standards of modern medicine, medical marijuana simply does not pass the test.

• John P. Walters is director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.


  • great site. i read about the two busts, and i can't believe that in a republic with a consitution that protects an individual's rights that you had to go through this. good luck with the appeal, and keep up the good work.

    By Blogger Boolean Wombat, at 12:03 PM  

  • hemp has been used as an herbal remedy for a couple of thousand years,nothing new. Its just the drug companies cant charge you outrageous prices for something that can be grown at home.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:29 PM  

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