FDA Shames Itself Again
The FDA's recent claim that marijuana has no medical benefit is a triumph of politics over science, of turf protection over compassion.
Several officials in the 11 states that allow medical marijuana disputed the F.D.A.'s contention that there was no research supporting the drug's medical use. They noted, in particular, a 1999 review by the National Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, the nation's most prestigious scientific advisory panel, which found marijuana to be "moderately well-suited" to some conditions, including wasting disease from AIDS and the nausea that often results from chemotherapy.
The scientists who authored the National Institute of Medicine report have good reason to take issue with the FDA.
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