Obama, What About “Free and Open Scientific Inquiry” for Medical Marijuana?

Being a physicist, not a physician, I don’t usually comment on issues in medical science. But I can no longer remain silent while people in my family and profession run the risk of federal arrest so that they can follow the recommendations of their doctors. Medical marijuana offers relief to people I care about, yet it remains illegal in the view of the United States government.

Aside from my personal stake in this issue, my professional experience has led me to ask the most obvious question a scientist could ask: Why hasn’t the long-running controversy over medical marijuana been resolved using science?

Two months after taking office, President Obama endorsed the principle of basing government policy on sound science. Compared to his predecessor, this was a much-needed breath of fresh air. In a speech celebrating the restoration of federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, our new president said the previous policy was misguided. “Rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values,” he explained.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.



  1. gutrod on

    To have a “Free and Open Scientific Inquiry” for Medical Marijuana the participants must have open minds. This will never happen as the governments stance never budges no matter what scientific evidence is presented. One of the greatest lies in history continues. It is all about big business. The small guy which is the farmer cannot even grow hemp by law. I would buy a hemp jacket over nylon in a heartbeat. Once it is worn out in a hundred years you could roll it up and smoke it but any pot smoker knows that you could smoke a pound of hemp in one sitting and get less of a buzz than a single aspirin or a .05% non alcoholic beer. To continue Cannabis Prohibition is a huge abuse of power. This is not the 50’s anymore. Wake up America. The proof is in the pudding. You too Canada.

  2. Anonymous on

    Did the person who wrote this pass comp 1 in college?

  3. Anonymous on

    candidate CRIS ERICSON for U.S. SENATOR for VERMONT
    running against incumbent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

    Bernie Sanders will NOT legalize marijuana.
    Cris Ericson WILL make marijuana legal.