Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Drug Czar's Explanation on Medicinal Marijuana Not Enough

Last month, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske came under fire for his statement, reported in the Fresno Bee, that marijuana “has no medicinal value.” Giving him the chance to clear up any confusion on the matter, KOMO-TV aired a follow-up interview today with Kerlikowske.

The Drug Czar had this to say:
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 also said:
The FDA has not determined that smoked marijuana has a medical)value…
Although it’s nice to see a correction to his previous statement, and leaving it to the medical community is favorable to harmful and unnecessary law enforcement actions, the Drug Czar’s position is still problematic.

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