Friday, September 02, 2005

The Marijuana Party

Loretta and Terry Nall are burning it up with a long line of great posts. Don't miss Loretta's video of Hempfest.

They also post some cheering news from the medical community. JAMA Commentary Calls For Marijuana's Rescheduling.
Chicago, IL: Cannabis provides therapeutic relief for patients and should be reclassified by the federal government to allow for its legal use as a prescription medicine, according to a commentary in the August 17 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

"Sound regulation of medical marijuana requires government oversight based on public health, a rigorous research agenda, a private physician-patient relationship, and respect for patients who seek relief from suffering," the commentary states. "A first step would be to reclassify marijuana as a schedule II drug because, like the schedule II substances cocaine and morphine, it fits well within the statutory definition of having ... 'a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.' This would allow for medical prescriptions subject to strict regulation without unduly interfering with federal drug policy. ... The public can make a distinction between a drug of abuse and a drug prescribed by a physician for a compassionate purpose."
I love it when they talk like that. Seems like a solid step forward for the MMJ movement.


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