The House Minority Leader, John Boehner, was interviewed from the “Digg Dialogg” segment on CNN.com and, of course, the first question asked by the public to a politician is once again about marijuana legalization (question appears at about 3:20 on the video):
Uh… so which is it, Rep. Boehner? Do you support “states making their own laws” or not? Out of one side of your mouth you seem to be saying you support states’ rights to determine their own laws, out of the other side you seem to be saying the federal government is correct in squashing state laws that legalize medical marijuana?
And it’s a bit disingenuous to say the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association don’t think cannabis is medicinal. They have an issue with the smoking of cannabis. Both believe there is enough medicinal promise in cannabinoids that they have endorsed more research into it.
American Cancer Society
“[California Senate Bill] 535 focuses on medical marijuana research. [The] American Cancer Society … supports S.B. 535 because it is consistent with our long-held position of supporting research of any agent or technique for which there may be evidence of a therapeutic advantage.”
Reference: letter from ACS to California State Senator John Vasconcellos (July 24, 1997)
American Medical Association
“The AMA recommend that adequate and well-controlled studies of smoked marijuana be conducted in patients who have serious conditions for which preclinical, anecdotal, or controlled evidence suggests possible efficacy in including AIDS wasting syndrome, sever acute or delayed emesis induced by chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, dystonia, and neuropathic pain.”
Reference: Council on Scientific Affairs Report #10: Medical Marijuana