Papantonio: Time To Legalize Medicinal Marijuana

The federal government has consistently overreached in their efforts to block medical marijuana research. To even begin to study a research group will require a license from the DEA, which is virtually impossible; and then, of course, the researcher needs a legal marijuana source. The DEA also consistently refuses to grant even temporary licenses to allow legal marijuana imports for medical research. At the same time, those same gatekeepers keep repeating the mantra that there is, today, insufficient research and study to meet the FDA’s standards for drug approval. This is, in itself, kind of a giggle moment when you consider that more Americans die every year from FDA-approved painkillers and voodoo drugs than all the so-called street drugs combined.

Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Opana wipe out about 50 people a day in the U.S. In fact, the federal government had to launch a special action plan to adapt to the havoc caused by FDA-approved prescription drugs. They called it Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis. Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every single American adult every four hours for an entire month.

The part of the story that you don’t hear is that most of the time clinical studies, aftermarket monitoring, and adverse-event tracking consistently show that dozens of the FDA-approved drugs, allowed onto the market, are there because of phonied up clinical numbers and studies delivered by high-price, science research biostitutes willing to put their name on any kind of clinical results, no matter how phony, for the right price. Our politicians know, and the FDA and DOJ know, about the pervasive everyday fraud by our behemoth drug industry.

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