Medicine Hasn't Found Anything Wrong With Pot
Putting pot to the test.
Published: January 14, 2014
The conservative National Review magazine recently opined in an editorial: “Compared to binge drinking or alcohol addiction, marijuana use is a minor public health concern.”
There is no record of anyone dying from the direct toxic effect of using marijuana. It doesn’t cause cancer. We know from scientific study that it kills or stalls the spread of cancer cells in a petri dish. The big problem is that the government won’t allow clinical double-blind studies on people because marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug with no accepted medical use. Those are the kind of studies where you figure out effective therapeutic dosages.
As far as public policy is concerned, activists have been pushing that envelope the past couple of decades through state initiatives and federal suits. Now that polls are showing that the majority of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized, there will be more movement — a CNN/ORC poll released last week found that 55 percent of Americans favor marijuana legalization. (If a president is elected with 55 percent of the vote it’s considered a landslide.)
There are currently two states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana, and 21 states that have legalized medical marijuana. Florida and Ohio have initiatives working up through the system, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is rolling out a plan for limited medical use in that state, and Alaskans will probably vote on legalization this year.
“The answers are in the scientific literature if anybody would read it,” Armentano says. “What prohibitionists are really saying is, ‘We’ve done research on marijuana and we need more research because we’re still searching for the problem.’”
That ploy isn’t going to work much longer.
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