Drug Czar’s Correction Still Falls Short

Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske offered a correction on Friday to the erroneous comments he made regarding marijuana’s medical value. His new statement, however, is nearly as problematic as the old.

Last month, the drug czar told reporters that marijuana “has no medical value.” During a follow-up interview with KOMO-TV in California on Friday, he corrected that statement:

Sometimes you make a mistake and you work very hard to correct it. That happens. I should’ve clearly said ’smoked’ marijuana and then gone on to say that this is clearly a question that should be answered by the medical community.

Kerlikowske continued, saying, “The FDA has not determined that smoked marijuana has a [medical] value.”

While it’s refreshing to see a drug czar who is capable of admitting a mistake, his new statement still falls short of an honest assessment of marijuana’s medical value. The FDA’s position on medical marijuana (which is derived from a statement the agency released in 2006) is largely political and was rejected by the medical community following its release. The FDA ignored the government’s own report, published by the Institute of Medicine in 1999, which states, “there are some limited circumstances in which we recommend smoking marijuana for medical uses.”

Numerous studies have found specific medical uses for smoked marijuana, and some of the most interesting research has been done since the FDA released its statement in 2006. Several studies from the University of California, for example, have found that marijuana is highly effective at treating neuropathic pain, a type of nerve pain for which traditional pain medications are notoriously inadequate.

The drug czar’s correction falls short.

52 thoughts on “Drug Czar’s Correction Still Falls Short”

  1. One can die from almost every drug sold in a drug store and that is ok because they are legal. I have a daughter that is nine and will I have to be worried that the govt. should force her to be a victom? Yes I should. As long as the govt. knows more than any doctor or physition we should all be afraid. And now this guy named John is spouting his b.s. so from now on I will not use my first name, John I will use Clarence.

  2. If you missed one of the best idea I’ve seen on a Ganga, Herb, Cannabis comment forum. I’m going to reprint Conservative Christian’s , post here again; Contact me through You Tube (UmpquaNation) if you agree maybe we can get this great idea off the ground:
    Conservative Christian { 08.12.09 at 10:51 am }
    The cartels would be poorer and our cities safer if we implemented a Personal Use and Cultivation Permit: $100 per year for a dozen plants. Split the proceeds between the States and the Fed.
    Let’s put the cartels out of business.
    Let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

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