Narcs vs. Murphy Brown: DEA Chief criticizes fictional news anchor for medical marijuana use 11/7/97

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Thomas Constantine, Director of the DEA, issued a public statement this week in response to an episode of Murphy Brown in which the title character uses marijuana to alleviate the effects of chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. (The episode came out on the exact one-year anniversary of the passage of California's Prop. 215, November 5th.)

In a thinly veiled shot at the drug policy reform movement, and specifically at financier George Soros and his world- wide Open Society Institute, the statement said that CBS and the show's creators were "doing a great disservice" by "trivializing drug abuse" and "pandering to the libertarian supporters of an 'open society' and to the myths of legalization."

Bill Zimmerman, Director of Americans for Medical Rights, said "A few years ago, Murphy Brown shocked Dan Quayle by revealing that single women were having children. Now she's upset the DEA by disclosing that cancer victims are using marijuana to relieve their nausea. These guys ought to spend less time in Washington and more time in America."

Those who have followed the medical marijuana campaign may be reminded of California Attorney General Dan Lungren, who held a press conference during the Prop. 215 campaign last year to denounce Zonker, the fictional character from the Doonesbury comic strip, for his advocacy of medical marijuana.

For the American Cancer Society's Murphy Brown Breast Cancer brochure, as well as information on the show, go to http://www.cancer.org.

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