Pubdate: Sun, 03 Jun 2001
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2001 Los Angeles Times


Re "FDA Moving to Revive Deadly Drug," May 30: Hold the phone. We have the 
Food and Drug Administration reconsidering the withdrawal of Lotronex 
despite new evidence of life-threatening complications, while the Supreme 
Court has made medical marijuana (which, to my knowledge, is not 
life-threatening) prohibited.

What could possibly explain this? I suppose a little case of ischemic 
colitis just doesn't compare with the horrific threat that the smoking of 
marijuana will lead to harder drugs. As if those suffering with cancer and 
AIDS could be any less concerned with this.

If GlaxoSmithKline were allowed to grow marijuana in its labs, it would be 
offered in every conceivable packaging, with full FDA approval and with the 
government standing first in line collecting taxes. That isn't smoke in the 
air I smell, it's money, and it's outrageous.

Bruce Phillips
Los Angeles
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