Drugs and money: Obama puts myth over science

Paul Rosenberg writes:

In December 2007, officials in the Bush White House refused to open an email from the Environmental Protection Agency that concluded that “greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled”. If they didn’t open the email, then the facts didn’t exist, according to their pseudo-logic – much like a child who thinks that if he closes his eyes, he becomes invisible to whatever scary monsters might be hunting him. There’s no similar smoking gun with the Obama Administration – at least not yet – but a strikingly similar denial of scientific knowledge from within the executive branch has just been announced by the Obama Administration.

On Friday, July 8, Obama’s Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator, Michele M. Leonhart, decreed in the Federal Register that marijuana “has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States”, thus keeping it in the same category as heroin, as it has been since 1970. This despite the fact that the National Cancer Institute, part of the cabinet-level Department of Health and Human Services, cites marijuana’s potential helpfulness with nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and pain.

It’s not just the National Cancer Institute, of course. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have laws saying exactly the opposite – that marijuana does have an accepted medical use, and that doctors are free to prescribe it. There are, in fact, thousands of such prescriptions written every day, no matter how hard Leonhart and Obama try to deny it. Are some of those prescriptions bogus? Undoubtedly. But it’s the specific claims of individuals that are questionable, not the underlying medicine.

Of course it’s true that rigorous drug trial-type tests are lacking, but that’s largely a result of the government’s refusal to admit there’s anything to investigate, as Dr. Igor Grant, director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at University of California-San Diego, explained to the LA Times. He told them that state-supported clinical trials have shown marijuana helps with neuropathic pain and muscle spasticity, but that the federal government’s position discourages further research needed to test the drug’s medical effectiveness.

“We’re trapped in kind of a vicious cycle here,” Grant told the Times. “It’s always a danger if the government acts on certain kinds of persuasions or beliefs rather than evidence.”

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1 thought on “Drugs and money: Obama puts myth over science

  1. Norman

    As long as Cannabis is illegal in the U.S.A., then as far as the Government is concerned, it’s a non-starter. Considering it’s not patentable, there isn’t any inducement from the drug manufactures to pursue any research, at least not publicly.

    Then there is the profit motive. Huge sums of money are traded for Cannabis, which the leaders of the drug cartels covet. As long as it’s illegal, then their profits are kept intact. If one does the research, going back to the Vietnam era forward to today, it’s fairly easy if one just follows the money. Taken one step further, who in the whole World is in a position to control being top dog? The production of all drugs deemed illegal, come from but a few Countries, yet overall, are controlled by just one.

    Considering the percentage of Cannabis smokers just in the U.S.A., if it was removed from the list, deemed legal to grow, indeed that it could be medicinally beneficial, the loss of the money involved would probably put a crimp in the top dogs pocket book, one that might result in it being neutered. How ever the pendulum swings, the end is in sight, though I don’t think those in the Cartel realize it.

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