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Reefer madness, revisited

I write about this kind of thing far too rarely these days. Doesn’t mean America has gotten any smarter about it: Federal appellate judges here ruled Wednesday that a terminally ill woman using marijuana was not immune to federal prosecution...


Marijuana and Alzheimer’s

The FDA would like you to forget this story: New research shows that the active ingredient in marijuana may prevent the progression of the disease by preserving levels of an important neuro-transmitter that allows the brain to function. Researchers at...


Ratted out

Nature magazine—which apparently is now the media division of the DEA—wants to show you fear in a handful* of rats: Neuroscientists have found that rats are more likely to get hooked on heroin if they have previously been given cannabis....


Marijuana and cancer

Donald Tashkin continues to refute his (previous) life’s work: Marijuana smoking does not increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer, according to the findings of a new study at the University of California Los Angeles that surprised even the...


More on medical marijuana

None of this is new, but the numbers always bear repeating: America’s war on drugs is actually a Raid on Taxpayers. The war costs an estimated $70 billion a year to prosecute, and the drugs keep pouring in. But while...


The Economist vs. the FDA on marijuana

In an article subtitled “Marijuana is medically useful, whether politicians like it or not,” The Economist takes issue with the FDA: If cannabis were unknown, and bioprospectors were suddenly to find it in some remote mountain crevice, its discovery would...


Scientific American on the FDA

John Rennie, SciAm‘s editor-in-chief, isn’t happy. But he is right: What is completely wrong about the FDA’s position [on medical marijuana] is that in effect it continues to impede not just the medical use of marijuana but also medical research...


Reefer madness

It is truly impressive that the FDA chose April 20th to announce this BS: 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...


Reefer madness

The drug war claims another victim: SEATTLE – An Army veteran who fled to Canada to avoid prosecution for growing marijuana to treat his chronic pain was yanked from a hospital by Canadian authorities, driven to the border with a...


Specter on replacing O’Connor

For a few moments, at least, I found this quite encouraging. From a Brit Hume interview with Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee: HUME: Let me ask you about another matter. You’ve mentioned balance on the court. Justice...


Does pot cause cancer?

Donald Tashkin, a professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and a leading expert on the carcinogenic effects of marijuana, has for years produced studies proving that the drug causes cancer of the lung, upper airways or esophagus. Tash-kin’s...


Legalizing medical marijuana

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that growing and using medical marijuana should be a federal offense because of its, er, “substantial” impact on interstate commerce, what next? Should we roll over and stop rolling, or is there a...


Gone to pot

Expected, but insane: WASHINGTON - Federal authorities may prosecute sick people who smoke pot on doctors’ orders, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state medical marijuana laws don’t protect users from a federal ban on the drug. The decision...


Drug abuse

Your tax dollars on dope: Established in 1988 to oversee all aspects of America’s war on drugs and to coordinate U.S. domestic and international anti-drug efforts, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has morphed into a...