Friday, April 21, 2006

no pot is good pot

Another salvo in the Republican war on science. This time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it can find no convincing evidence that marijuana has any therepeutic benefits, directly contradicting some studies by highly regarded scientists to the contrary.

The reason behind this new scientific finding? Simply that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been pushing FDA to support it in its ongoing battle against the weed. DEA thinks the medical marijuana movement is nothing but a front for a legalization attempt.

That doesn't mean you should ignore the science; conveniently, DEA has made it nearly impossible to conduct additional scientific research by denying would-be researchers license to grow their own, instead forcing them to rely on the low-quality stuff grown on the Federal pot farm in Mississippi. Another example of science being twisted in the service of ideology.