CAM PoliticsMarijuana (Cannabinoids)

Debate: Don’t be fooled into legalizing marijuana

Earlier this year, a study published by researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center concluded, “Consistent with other studies of the liberalization of cannabis laws, medical cannabis laws do not appear to increase use of the drug.”

Gee wiz. I guess that’s the end of that debate. Not really, as I debate the issue with a valued reader of this blog.

Here are some things to consider.

  • First, how reliable are databases used to monitor the use of marijuana (an illegal drug)? How often do people acting illegally report it to the government?
  • Second, there are negative social effects and illegal drug activities associated with marijuana clinics. Just ask the people living in San Francisco.
  • Third, there are long-term negative effects of smoking marijuana, as summarized here and here.
  • Fourth, no studies show an advantage for marijuana over any other treatment for any other condition or disease. The study designs are poor and the evaluations are full of bias. Examples are summarized here, and here.

The bottom line?
Don’t be fooled by the mainstream media’s glowing reports of this study. The medical marijuana debate has nothing to do with “medical” and little to do with “marijuana.” It’s about legalizing all illicit drugs — an event that would not be in the best interest of American society.

9/15/07 22:20 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.