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DrugSense FOCUS Alert #328 - Tue, 25 April 2006

Last Thursday the Food and Drug Administration distributed a press release "Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked Marijuana Is a Medicine" which you may read at

The reaction in the press has been interesting, and worthy of your letters to the editors. Below we have listed links to a collection of the press responses as of today, Tuesday morning.

If you need facts to support your letters we suggest these webpages: Please note the Common Questions about Medical Marijuana (answered by the Institute of Medicine)


One of the editorials says "If the FDA won't listen to the scientists, Congress should take steps to see that it does." Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to take those steps.

Thanks for your effort and support.

It's not what others do it's what YOU do

Published Friday, 21 April 2006

New York Times F.D.A Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana URL:

San Francisco Chronicle FDA's Missive Against Medical Pot URL:

Island Packet (SC) FDA Rejects Marijuana for Medical Uses URL:

Seattle Post-Intelligencer FDA Rejects Medicinal Use of Marijuana URL:

Salt Lake Tribune FDA Says Marijuana Has No Medicinal Value URL:

Chicago Tribune FDA Declares Marijuana Has No Medical Value URL:

Watertown Daily Times (NY) FDA Says Pot Not Medicine URL:

Arizona Republic Rebuffing Scientists, FDA Says Marijuana Has No Medical Value URL:

Philadelphia Inquirer FDA: No Benefit in Medical Marijuana URL:

Indianapolis Star FDA Says Marijuana Has No Medicinal Value URL:

Oakland Tribune FDA Says No Studies Support Marijuana for Medicinal Use URL:

Spartanburg Herald Journal (SC) FDA Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana URL:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Marijuana Useless As Medicine, FDA Says URL:

Gainesville Sun (FL) F.D.A. Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana URL:

Detroit News FDA: No Sound 'Proof' For Medical Marijuana URL:

The Register-Guard (OR) FDA Joins Opponents of Medicinal Pot URL:

Published Saturday, 22 April 2006

New York Times F.D.A.'s Report Illuminates Wide Divide on Marijuana URL:

New York Times
Editorial: The Politics of Pot

Seattle Times Marijuana Has No Medical Use, FDA Says URL:

Gadsden Times (AL) FDA's Report Illuminates Wide Divide on Marijuana URL:

Gainesville Sun (FL) F.D.A.'s Report Illuminates Wide Divide on Marijuana URL:

Published Sunday, 23 April 2006

Chicago Tribune
Editorial: Dissembling On Medical Pot

The Oregonian
Column: In The Bush Administration, The Spin Doctors Spit on Science

Published Monday, 24 April 2006

International Herald-Tribune
Editorial: The Politics of Pot

Clayton News Daily (Jonesboro, GA)
Column: FDA Marijuana Stance Good for Anti-Drug Movement

Los Angeles Daily News
Editorial: See No Evil

News Journal (DE)
Editorial: FDA's Credibility Goes Up in Smoke by Mixing Pot and Politics

Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Editorial: FDA Loses Credibility With Jab At Medical Pot

The Republican (Springfield, MA)
Editorial: Marijuana Research? Don't Hold Your Breath

The Oracle (U of South FL) OPED: Medical Marijuana Is Nothing to Huff and Puff About URL:

Published Tuesday, 25 April 2006

New York Times
Column: Potheads and Sudafed

Rocky Mountain News (Denver)
Column: Follow the Drug War Money

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Column: Twisting Science to Serve Political Ideology

Minnesota Daily (U of MN, Minneapolis)
Editorial: FDA Says No to Medicinal Weed

Tracy Press (CA)
Editorial: Blowing Smoke at the White House

The Journal Times (Racine, WI)
Editorial: FDA Ignores Science In Marijuana Holding

Additional news clippings on this issue may be found at this link as they are MAP archived:

Suggestions for writing LTEs are at our Media Activism Center

Or contact MAP Media Activism Facilitator Steve Heath for personal tips on how to write LTEs that get printed.


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