FDA Issues Report for Political Purposes

  FDA Issues Report for Political Purposes

Posted by CN Staff on April 26, 2006 at 07:42:59 PT
Source: Daily Collegian 

Pennsylvania -- The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that scientific research fails to support the medical use of marijuana.Forgive the skepticism, but why now, seven years after the National Academy of Sciences found marijuana rather, "well suited for particular conditions," should Americans question the legitimate uses of the drug?
What's more, the FDA, according to an April 21 New York Times report, does not plan to regulate the states that already have legalized medical marijuana laws on the books. Despite a Supreme Court ruling last year that grants the federal government power to override state laws and arrest anyone using marijuana. Pardon the observation, but this situation is a mess.On the one hand, there is the bureaucratic FDA, which is furnishing reports that say marijuana does not ease sufferers' pain. Meanwhile, the land's highest court is bolstering the same view but no one is enforcing these positions.The only thing happening as a result is the erosion of the states' prerogative to craft legislation. The court's ruling maintains that marijuana use, even for medicinal purposes, is prohibited, so states do not have the ability to pass legislation on this issue.Of course, Americans are left scratching their heads because many doctors and even the National Academy of Sciences, a national committee designed to serve the public by bringing together experts from various scientific fields, say, if used properly, medical marijuana eases the pain caused by chemotherapy, glaucoma and AIDS.The FDA's announcement smacks of politics. How so? The FDA lets word out that it thinks using medical marijuana is scientifically untenable, then a gaggle of legislators cry foul, appealing for a crackdown; they'll earn their sound byte.The FDA should focus on which foods and drugs are safe for Americans. It should not deliberately spark political debates over what is beneficial to Americans. Candid observers will note that this is what the agency is effectively doing.Candid observers will also think twice about swallowing the agency's conclusions.Complete Title: Medical Marijuana: FDA Issues Report for Political Purposes Source: Daily Collegian (PA Edu)Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2006Copyright: 2006 Collegian Inc.Contact: collegianletters psu.eduWebsite: Articles & Web Site:IOM Report FDA's Reefer Madness The Drug War Money Advocates Slam ‘Politicized’ FDA Report 

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Comment #17 posted by dankhank on April 26, 2006 at 17:44:10 PT
sssalright ...
The Rude Pundit is spot-on ...Snow Job is priceless, better copyrite it ASAP.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on April 26, 2006 at 17:12:07 PT
Sometimes I feel like no one in the world thinks like me. I've always thought differently then many people. I have followed the evolution of Living With War now for a few weeks. This could be his best album ever but he might have to pay a terrible price for it. This one link says they are bringing up his disabled children. If the Democrats win this fall and then in 08 maybe we can fix our country. We have a chance and I hope we don't miss it this time. Exclusive Lyrics: Impeach The President,2933,193259,00.html
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Comment #15 posted by Toker00 on April 26, 2006 at 16:59:15 PT
Exactly. And the name is just perfect for Bush's fantasy world. Three states filing to investigate Bush's Bushit. The man is stripped of all credibility except for the die hard Right Wing Nuts. Poor Republicans. And they were so convinced Bush was their Mesiah. Nope. He just loves you if you produce oil. And he will hold your male hand too. If you wear a dress and head wrap. Not in a sexual nature, but in a Greedy nature. I'm afraid the Republicans are suffering greatly inside. Those who haven't turned into Democrats or one of the lesser party members. By lesser, I mean in numbers, not political importance. Neil Young. This could be his greatest stand both politically and musically. I bet he reads C-News. He turned the Big Picture into a song.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #14 posted by OverwhelmSam on April 26, 2006 at 16:50:28 PT
- Snow Job -
That will be the buzz word every time he holds a press conference. I'll bet the Bush Administration didn't think about that. Besides, the Administration is completely incompetent. I can't believe the voting public puts up with this imbarassment.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on April 26, 2006 at 11:46:52 PT
Tony Snow
Learned something about him. He has recently struggled with colon cancer and cancer treatment. He suffered. He won. He might...and he might not, understand.He has the Prez's ear...maybe...occasionally. Maybe, maybe not.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on April 26, 2006 at 10:48:15 PT
Toker Comment 8
Your comment made me think of George Burns and wonder about those cigars he "toked". 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on April 26, 2006 at 10:46:14 PT
Good read by Stossel...
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Comment #10 posted by dongenero on April 26, 2006 at 10:11:20 PT
Snow Job!!
Great one Toker!That one will stick for sure. I expect we will be hearing that term over and over again in the near future.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on April 26, 2006 at 10:10:19 PT
Maybe more people will see that Fox is a republican channel now. 
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Comment #8 posted by Toker00 on April 26, 2006 at 10:08:10 PT
Truth in reporting.
At least they will be politically correct now. Every message we here from the White House will be a Snow Job.Toke.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 26, 2006 at 09:59:04 PT
Tony Snow. I had him mixed up with someone else until I ran a google image search on him.He isn't who I thought he was.Anyone ever hear his thoughts on our issure before?
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 26, 2006 at 09:56:21 PT
Mr. Snow
Has he posited to our favor before in his public rambling?
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Comment #5 posted by dongenero on April 26, 2006 at 09:20:33 PT
whig-thanks for the link
The rude pundit is funny, although admittedly pretty offensive.
I'm an adult though, and he is quite funny.In the end, every rudepundit rant I've read, hits the nail right on the head.
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Comment #4 posted by whig on April 26, 2006 at 09:11:49 PT
Regarding Tony Snow: (this is NSFW, and may be considered obscene and/or offensive to some readers)
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 26, 2006 at 08:56:10 PT

Max Flowers
It is disgusting. I never watch that channel. I read on a list that they were calling Neil Young a drug addict and the parent had to explain to their child why Fox does what they do. Sad.
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Comment #2 posted by Max Flowers on April 26, 2006 at 08:52:21 PT

Oh and while I'm in rant mode...
I am disgusted that a Fox News man is now the white house press secretary. Now we all know beyond all doubt that Fox is in bed with the feds, and the hybridization is complete. Your TV news comes from your government, and now your government's lies come at you from the ranks of TV news.
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Comment #1 posted by Max Flowers on April 26, 2006 at 08:46:31 PT

Does anyone else find this alarming? (OT)
Saw this today in a news piece on the Lodi, CA "terrorism" case (source: )Defense attorneys tried to convince jurors that they should acquit the father and son because the government had provided no clear evidence that the younger man had attended a terrorist training camp. But prosecutors had characterized their case against the Hayats as pre-emptive.PRE-EMPTIVE prosecution?! Does that ring any alarm bells for anybody else? Our whole "justice" system is supposed to be based on evidence and on the idea that if (and only IF) you commit a crime, then they use evidence of that crime to convict you. They can't legally "pre-emptively prosecute" someone!! That means to prosecute someone not for what they have done and you can prove they have done, but for something you're AFRAID they're going to do in the future. My God, has Bush's insanity now infected the entire federal court system?Read the excerpt again... the defense was trying to use the system as designed, and the prosecutors were chucking hundreds of years of legal doctrine and saying "forget about any lack of evidence---convict them because we think they are up to something. So what if we can't really prove it right now."And they DID convict.
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