"Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit."
— White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, at a Fresno, Calif., press conference yesterday
In fact — and it's getting a little tiresome to keep repeating it — the esteemed Institute of Medicine, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Foundation of America, American Academy of HIV Medicine, and dozens of other medical organizations recognize marijuana's medical value.
What's more, President Obama's own statements on the campaign trail about marijuana's medical efficacy run counter to his new drug czar's statements yesterday.
We need to stop this in its tracks. Would you please speak out against this ridiculous, outdated argument:
1. Please use MPP's online action center to e-mail the president about the drug czar's statement. Here is the URL: https://secure2.convio.net/mpp/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=358
2. Please call the drug czar's office at (202) 395-6700 to politely complain that we're still hearing this sort of nonsense.
We need to make sure the drug czar receives the message loud and clear that the anti-science Bush era is over.
Marijuana Policy Project