(Source: Stop the Drug War) It’s impossible to rank in order of severity the numerous lies that have long formed the foundation of the federal government’s position on medical marijuana. But one of the most calculated and audacious deceptions deployed in this debate is certainly the manufactured myth that insufficient evidence exists to demonstrate the drug’s medical efficacy.
That’s why this NYT article should be required reading for anyone in the habit of expressing opinions on the scientific merits of medical marijuana.
“Marijuana is the only major drug for which the federal government controls the only legal research supply and for which the government requires a special scientific review.
But federal officials have repeatedly failed to act on marijuana research requests in a timely manner or have denied them, according to a 2007 ruling by an administrative law judge at the Drug Enforcement Administration.”
What an impressively cynical and corrupt political strategy it is to literally block research while simultaneously citing the absence of said research as an excuse for prohibition. The whole situation is so maliciously dishonest that it’s disturbing to think how many government agencies were complicit in manufacturing it.
Meanwhile, medical marijuana’s enemies condemn state-level reforms by reflexively insisting that the ballot box is not the place to formulate health policy. Our response is pretty straightforward:
“The more it becomes clear to people that the federal government is blocking these studies, the more people are willing to defect by using politics instead of science to legalize medicinal uses at the state level,” said Rick Doblin, executive director of a nonprofit group dedicated to researching psychedelics for medical uses.
We did what we had to do, and it reflects well on the American public that this issue has been so well understood despite a massive federal conspiracy to make it confusing.