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 http://www.nejm.org/public/1997/0336/0005/0366/1.htm.
THE WEEK ONLINE will let you know as soon as Dr. Annas' article is available
on the web.
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Issue #7, 8/15/97
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