F.D.A. Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana

Published: April 21, 2006

WASHINGTON, April 20 — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that "no sound scientific studies" supported the medical use of marijuana, contradicting a 1999 review by a panel of highly regarded scientists.


Right, as I pointed out recently, they prevent prevent prevent any legal research into such drugs so they can say "no credible scientifi evidence..."

And if there IS credible evidence, well, just understand that if you lie lie lie and say there isn't, perhaps 51% of the people out there won't know there IS. (Alternately, if you lie lie lie and say there's an actual connection between blood enemies Saddam Hussein and Osama ben Laden, a majority of the people might assume there IS.) --

Remember, in school, the kids whose intelligence was AVERAGE? Well, HALF the people in the country aren't that smart.

Ask anyone with AIDS, Cancer, Post-polio Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and more than a few other hideou ailments if THEY think there's a medical benefit (or at least, an anti-nausea and/or palliative one) and they'll be solidly affirmative.

But wottehell, what's the value of the "anecdotal" evidence of the experience of several million pain sufferers compared to "We believe what we believe and that's all we're willing to believe."

And if we DON'T believe it, well then, given that growing pot in your backyard or windowbox costs very little, and FDA-approved drugs cost a lot a lot a lot (and even more since the Medi-plunder Bill), well then, as Upton Sinclair observed:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something
when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

The best government money (and superstition) can buy.

(In Turkey -- Istanbul) in the 50's, the people ran amok, dragged merchants out of their shops and hanged them for short-changing people. (Of course, they were Jews, so they felt it was all right.)

On the other hand, we, as Americans, reward the "steal-a-lot" thieves with public office.

But if we DID react in the Turkish manner, we'd say "Well, remember, they're politicians, so it was all right."*

And celebrate with a party featuring halvah.


*NB -- lest anyone think I'm advocating this sort of behavior, let me say flat out without conditions or reservation: IT'S NEVER ALL RIGHT. Not even for the son of the Bush family business partner and friend, Mr. Ben Ladn. There's no frontier left. Frontier justice should be gone, too. Give 'em a fair trial first -- THEN hang 'em.



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