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Okay, now they're just being dicks

Look, I recognize the important role the Food and Drug Administration plays in our society. Without the FDA we'd probably have a lot more bad drug scares coming out of big pharma. Or, at least that is what I think. I have no facts to back that one up. Even still, I appreciate it. I do not think it is some sort of nebulous concept with no relation to reality -- like the Department of Justice. But still ...

Yesterday the FDA released a report on the medical properties of marijuana, and the "safety" of using it for medicinal purposes.

An excerpt from their "findings" ...
"[M]arijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision."
So, it should remain illegal for our terminally ill patients ... because there is no accepted medical use treatment already set up? Am I missing something here, or is that a falacious argument? Also, "lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision"? Huh? This stuff is used more commonly around the world than wine (you know, fermented grapes?), and there is no "accepted safety" to use under the guidance of a doctor? I cannot ever remember reading about a single case of marijuana poisoning. Why is that? It has no known toxicity level in humans.

Let's be real - if you do drugs, pot is the safest. It is even less damaging than cigarettes, which are perfectly legal. You shouldn't do drugs ... but come on, a lot of people smoke pot. I would not advocate smoking pot for any reason, mostly because it is illegal and, ultimately, addictive. Then again, religion is addictive as well, and it is protected by our constitution. (But seriously, which has claimed more lives through human history - pot or "holinesss"? I kid because I love.)

FDA also says ...
"[There are] no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use."
So then, "no sound scientific studies", eh? Now we are being asked to believe that the six states that implimented M.M. programs did so on the basis of nothing? California (1979), Georgia (1980), Michigan (1979, 1982), New Mexico (1978), New York (1980), Tennessee (1981) have all approved the use of M.M. by their cancer patients. California's 1981 study returned saying, "Over 74 percent of the cancer patients treated in the program have reported that marijuana is more effective in relieving their nausea and vomiting than any other drug they have tried."

With the next study in California, that number rose to 78.9 percent. Studies in New York state and New Mexico had success ratings in the upper 90 percentile, and nobody fell ill or became addicted. In fact, they became healthier, because they could finally hold down food and be without dissolving pharma-chunks (pills) eating holes through their fragile digestive systems.

Ultimately, the California commission found that ...
"The California Program also has met its research objectives. Marijuana has been shown to be effective for many cancer chemotherapy patients, safe dosage levels have been established and a dosage regimen which minimizes undesirable side effects has been devised and tested."
I think I know why the FDA issued their "findings" yesterday.

They're assholes. It was 4/20.

And with no regard to the complete lack of substance or evidence to support their claims, they put out all of this stuff simply to spite those who smoke recreationally. And they did it under the guise of "safety" for possible medicinal users, all of whom are suffering from terrible diseases; all of whom could benefit greatly from this plant.

Oh, yeah. April 20, for those of you who never went to college, is a national pot smokers holiday, based on a strange series of events surrounding the band The Greatful Dead. You don't need to look any further than Cheech & Chong or Half Baked to catch the 4/20 symbolism. It is there, right in front of you, all the time.

So ... yeah, the FDA is being especially dickish by putting out that report on April 20. They know exactly what kind of statement they are making, and they think you don't.

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