Federal agencies should stick to their knitting, as the saying goes. They have no business using their muscle to influence state ballot races.
It’s hardly news that Drug Enforcement Agency officials are opposed to a Colorado ballot initiative seeking to make it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana.
Two years ago, a federal appellate court cleared the way for goods and foods containing hemp seed and oil to be sold and consumed in the United States.
As the regulatory agency assigned to protect Americans against health risks, the Food and Drug Administration relies on scientific proof to maintain its credibility.
The Bush administration’s habit of politicizing its scientific agencies was on display again this week when the Food and Drug Administration, for no compelling reason, unexpectedly issued a brief, poorly documented statement disputing the therapeutic value of marijuana. The statement was described as a response to numerous inquiries from Capitol Hill, but its likely intent was to buttress a crackdown on people who smoke marijuana for medical purposes and to counteract state efforts to legalize the practice.
If it’s good enough for Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and David Cameron to use as a recreational drug, why is it wrong for muscular dystrophy sufferer Allan Johnson to take cannabis for pain relief? That will be the question facing a jury when Allan and his cannabis supplier Jeffrey Ditchfield face Gloucester Crown Court to be tried for growing, possessing, and supplying the class C drug.
When David Blunkett announced his decision to reclassify cannabis, he described it as both scientifically justified and educationally sensible. In hindsight, it would appear to be neither.
The decision that Charles Clarke is due to take in the next few days on cannabis is serious, but not difficult to make. On his desk is a 24-page report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs replying to a sensible request from the home secretary in March for an assessment of two new research studies.
The timing could not have been more cruel. Yesterday the Lancet medical journal published a new study suggesting that Britain has the steepest increase in death rates from liver cirrhosis in western Europe just days after the heaviest drinking season of the year.
Charles Clarke must concentrate his anti-drugs efforts at schools
Within 24 hours of the Government’s surreptitious approval of a cannabis free-for-all (slipped out on a hectic news day) comes tragic evidence of its folly.
Anyone for restoring some cultural pride and independence?
The mayor of Denver was highly disappointed with the passing of a new measure pertaining to marijuana.
Denver’s approval of a ballot measure to legalize adult possession of small amounts of marijuana isn’t really going to decriminalize the drug in our city, but it sends a simple message…
On the face of it, Canada’s approach to the use of illegal drugs has failed. The number of addicts continues to rise, and putting them in prison does little or nothing to cure their habit.
The Cameron drugs saga has been more entertaining than enlightening
IT isn’t often that the Daily Mirror defends a Tory… but the hounding of David Cameron is a disgrace.
He may not yet be the frontrunner. He may be untried, untested, inexperienced and oh so very young. But he is the one challenger above all others who has sprinkled stardust on the race for the Tory leadership.
In the report “Mental problems soar among children using cannabis” (News, September 18) we wrongly stated that the drug charity Addaction had treated 1,575 cannabis users for psychotic problems.
The federal government says it won’t approve the use of marijuana as a prescription medicine because it hasn’t seen any scientific evidence to prove that it has any health benefits.
IT is all too easy to dismiss cannabis as a relatively safe drug that does little harm to users or society. It is not on the same scale as heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and other hard drugs that blight and destroy lives. It does not have the frighteningly addictive properties of these substances, nor does it have the power to kill through a single overdose or adverse reaction.
Noz can’t help but get a little excited over the news that our friends who need more convenient access to medical marijuana will soon be able to purchase their pot at a dispensary right over in yonder Harvey West Business Park.
In a recent ruling, the Michigan Court of Appeals injected a little bit of sense in the otherwise nonsensical rush to pass zero-tolerance “drugged driving” laws, opining that the presence of a marijuana metabolite in a person’s system is not sufficient evidence to support a drugged driving conviction. Michigan is one of 10 states with “zero tolerance” drugged driving laws on the books, reports the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.