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April 21, 2006

FDA denies medical weed

The FDA's announcement that it sees no medical evidence supporting the medicinal use of marijuana is simply an excuse for me to rehash (har!) the song I wrote last year after the Raich decision came down: My federalist dope.

Proponents of the medicinal use of marijuana have criticized the FDA, but one of the principal opponents has another thought.

Representative Mark Souder, Republican of Indiana and a fierce opponent of medical marijuana initiatives, proposed legislation two years ago that would have required the food and drug agency to issue an opinion on the medicinal properties of marijuana.

Mr. Souder believes that efforts to legalize medicinal uses of marijuana are a front for efforts to legalize all uses of it, said Martin Green, a spokesman for Mr. Souder.
That would be a shock, wouldn't it?