In a new Reason.tv video examining medical marijuana and the war on drugs, The Price Is Right and Power of 10 host Drew Carey wants the federal government to reclassify marijuana and that “people who need it should be able to get it safely and easily.”
In 1999 the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that marijuana has “therapeutic value” that relieves pain, controls vomiting and nausea, and stimulates the appetite.
This year, in a study funded by the state of California, doctors at the University of California at San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital proved marijuana provides significant relief to HIV-infected patients suffering from neuropathic pain.
“The DEA is ignoring a large and growing body of evidence and needs to reschedule marijuana. Cancer patients, HIV and AIDS patients, and millions of sick Americans deserve access to the drugs that ease their pain and suffering, and Congress can and should facilitate that,” said David Nott, president of Reason Foundation.
Originally posted on November 4, 2007 @ 9:42 am