When Being Newt Was Cool

 

Legal Status of Marijuana

To the Editor:

The American Medical Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs should be commended for its report, “Marijuana: Its Health Hazards and Therapeutic Potential” (1981;246:1823). Not only does the report outline evidence of marijuana’s potential harms, but it distinguishes this concern from the legitimate issue of marijuana’s important medical benefits. All too often the hysteria that attends public debate over marijuana’s social abuse compromises a clear appreciation for this critical distinction.

Since 1978, 32 states have abandoned the federal prohibition to recognize legislatively marijuana’s important medical properties. Federal law, however, continues to define marijuana as a drug “with no accepted medical use,” and federal agencies continue to prohibit physician-patient access to marijuana. This outdated federal prohibition is corrupting the intent of the state laws and depriving thousands of glaucoma and cancer patients of the medical care promised them by their state legislatures.

On Sept 16, 1981, Representative Stewart McKinney and I introduced legislation designed to end bureaucratic interference in the use of marijuana as a medicant. We believe licensed physicians are competent to employ marijuana, and patients have a right to obtain marijuana legally, under medical supervision, from a regulated source. The medical prohibition does not prevent seriously ill patients from employing marijuana; it simply deprives them of medical supervision and access to a regulated medical substance. Physicians are often forced to choose between their ethical responsibilities to the patient and their legal liabilities to federal bureaucrats.

Representative McKinney and I hope the Council will take a close and careful look at this issue. Federal policies do not reflect a factual or balanced assessment of marijuana’s use as a medicant. The Council, by thoroughly investigating the available materials, might well discover that its own assessment of marijuana’s therapeutic value has, in the past, been more than slightly shaded by federal policies that are less than neutral

Newt Gingrich
House of Representatives
Washington, DC

h/t Dangerous Minds via BoingBoing

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One thought on “When Being Newt Was Cool

  1. Well ,well, well, Ol Newt shows just how much a flip flopin, lying, cheating,lobbists he really is.

    This stamement still gets me. It shows just how stupid much of the public is (though that is changing).

    “Federal law, however, continues to define marijuana as a drug “with no accepted medical use,”

    Yet our government hows a patent and (via the FDA) makes synthetic marijuana pills and sells them because its ‘SAFER”. Ya, have you seen all the adds on TEE VEE for law suits on drugs the FDA approved….by the way many of these also now have an FDA warning for the seriuos problems these drug have.

    Yes we approve these drugs as safe to use…later oh shit ! we were wrong…sorry about the extra eye ! Dont use this drug!

    Damned politicans and money. When will we learn that life is more important than these damned politicians and money?

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