Friday, April 21, 2006

F.ound D.umb A.gain

Once again, the United Church of the Food and Drug Administration demonstrated that it is nothing but a conduit for a conservative ideological agenda, when it said Thursday that "no sound scientific studies" supported the medical use of marijuana, contradicting a 1999 review by a panel of highly regarded scientists. Look, I'm not even commenting on the underlying issue--to legalize marijuana medicinally or otherwise, but rather that the FDA mission has been completely corrupted. Against Plan B, medical marijuana, fine...but don't try to get a bunch of politically appointed puppets, err...scientists, to stand up and argue that the the world isn't round. Legislation and/or even enforcement policy are the proper and legal means by which to effect this agenda, and neither are the province of the FDA...

Some choice exerpts from this morning's NYT article are illustrative:

"Unfortunately, this is yet another example of the F.D.A. making pronouncements that seem to be driven more by ideology than by science," said Dr. Jerry Avorn, a medical professor at Harvard Medical School.

The federal government "loves to ignore our report," said Dr. Benson, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "They would rather it never happened."

Dr. Daniele Piomelli, a professor of pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine, said he had "never met a scientist who would say that marijuana is either dangerous or useless."

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