This Week in Weed: March 25th-31st

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  1. This is the kind of ignorance we deal with in MS. READ BELOW:
    March 30, 2012
    Dear Senator Baria:
    Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts regarding H.R. 1983, the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act. As your Congressman, I am committed to putting the needs of Mississippi families first and knowing your views and ideas on Federal legislation is critical in order to best represent you. To this extent, your comments and ideas are always appreciated.

    As you know, H.R. 1983 would change federal policy on medical marijuana in a number of ways. Specifically, the measure would change the listing of marijuana from a Schedule I drug, classified as having no medical value, to a Schedule II drug, which would recognize marijuana’s medical efficacy and create a regulatory framework for the U.S. Food and Drug Administrative to begin a drug approval process for marijuana. The bill would also prevent interference by the federal government in any local or state run medical marijuana program.

    Further, there is no scientific evidence that has shown marijuana to be safe and effective for treating any medical condition. This is primarily because its alleged therapeutic utility has yet to be sufficiently demonstrated in well-controlled clinical trials. Evidence also shows that smoking marijuana, even in small amounts, carries inherent health risks that far exceed its therapeutic benefits. In fact, the American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society both reject the claim that marijuana has therapeutic value. I believe with safer and less addictive treatments readily available, the dangers to society of marijuana legalization far outweigh any potential benefits.

    As I close, let me again thank you for contacting me and helping me to better understand the concerns of Mississippians. If there is any assistance I can provide or if you have additional thoughts and opinions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
    Steven M. Palazzo
    Member of Congress

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