New England Journal of Medicine Follows up on its January Editorial in Support of Medical Marijuana 8/15/97

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The August 7th issue of the venerable New England Journal of Medicine features an article by Dr. George Annas, Professor in the schools of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University, titled "Reefer Madness – The federal Response to California's Medical-Marijuana Law." In it, Dr. Annas calls for the government to allow patients access to medical marijuana now, while funding clinical trials of marijuana's effectiveness.

Annas writes, "Unlike quack remedies such as Laetril, marijuana is not claimed to be a treatment in itself; instead it is used to help patients withstand the effect of accepted treatment[s]...."

According to Dave Fratello, spokesman for Americans for Medical Rights, "These days federal officials are trying to deflect pressure to give patients access to marijuana by pointing to the need for more clinical research. Their position is: studies first, access later. Dr. Annas says that isn't good enough."

[Note: Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey, during a press conference shortly after the passage of California's Proposition 215, called medical marijuana "Cheech and Chong medicine."]

The 1/30 NEJM editorial on medicinal marijuana can be found at THE WEEK ONLINE will let you know as soon as Dr. Annas' article is available on the web.

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