Physicist: If All Science Were Run Like Marijuana Research, Creationists Would Control Paleontology

In the face of obstacles to marijuana research from both the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and one-time MacArthur Fellow is calling out the federal government on its obstruction of science.

During an address before a medical marijuana conference Friday, John H. Schwartz explained how the DEA and NIDA act as a “tag team” to censor science, with NIDA holding a monopoly over legal access to cannabis for research, and the DEA refusing to reconsider the drug’s designation in the Controlled Substances Act as a dangerous substance with no medical value on the basis that sufficient research does not exist. He alleges that the government has blocked research even though it has long been aware of marijuana’s potential to serve many medical benefits including shrink aggressive cancer cells is because it might “send the wrong message to children”:

The most blatant example of this behavior came last year, when NIDA blocked an FDA-approved clinical trial testing marijuana as a remedy for post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. It’s especially sad to note that the study participants were veterans, with PTSD deemed untreatable by other means. After 12 years of war, this is how we treat them.


As a physicist, I can assure you that this not how physics works. … We are all expected to act like grownups and accept it gracefully as experiments prove our favorite theories are false. In physics, unlike marijuana policy, we consider the right message to send to be the message that’s true.


Consider what American science might look like if all research were run like marijuana research is being run now. Suppose the Institute for Creation Science were put in charge of approving paleontology digs and the science of human evolution. Imagine what would happen to the environment if we gave coal and oil companies the power to block any climate research they didn’t like.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.



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  2. Richard on

    You are joking I hope?

  3. Psychedelicious on

    Whoever left this comment is a frightening idiot

  4. Jesus Phoque on

    I’d love to see Marc come back riding a Tyranasaurus Rex. I think i spelled that wrong, the name means Devourer of Tyrants

  5. Anonymous on

    You think are funny because you posted a picture of Jesus riding a dinosaur but you won’t be laughing when he comes back, I promise. You’ll remember what I said too.

  6. Anonymous on

    Science without ideology is simply exploration.

    We need to get rid of ideology not just religion. Though in truth they are the same.

  7. Bhonze on

    Just to let you know Good Buddy, any Christian that truely believes the Bible knows that Cannabis was used as a medicine and many fabrics were mane from Hemp just as the Vail of the Holy of Holy’s and Levi’s Jeans LOL.