Pubdate: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 Date: 10/04/1999 Source: Prince George's Journal (MD) Author: Redford Givens Note: It is always nice to see MAP news readers and LTE writers succeed so well at what we do. The related article is at: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n1060.a02.html Just want to correct one point [mentioned in ``Some doctors and patients swear by marijuana."] Medical marijuana use was legal under the Marijuana Tax Act until the law was declared unconstitutional in 1969. Marijuana was removed from the U.S. Pharmacopeia in 1942 because of political pressure, not for medical or scientific reasons. Drug crusaders pretend that some cosmic change in the nature of the cannabis plant or the human body occurred destroying cannabis's ability to relieve a wide variety of ailments just before they passed the Controlled Substances Act prohibiting hemp and medical marijuana altogether. The recent Institute of Medicine report puts the lie to every Reefer Madness excuse for outlawing marijuana for any use, so why do idiot legislators still pretend to know better than the finest doctors and scientists in the world? Don't these lunatic legislators have anything better to do than persecuting the sick and dying? REDFORD GIVENS San Francisco, Calif.