The Los Angeles Times ran a pair of opposing pro/con pieces recently. I saw the headline for the con piece and thought it might be reefer madness rant, but thankfully it’s much smarter than that. Acknowledging that marijuana’s risks are relatively small, he argues that the FDA refuses to approve or yanks approval of drugs with fewer risks than marijuana.
I don’t have a strong opinion on the matter and don’t believe that anyone should do jail time for possession of marijuana in smallish quantities. I also don’t think marijuana should get any special treatment from the FDA, in either direction–if it meets FFDA standards, approve it; if it doesn’t meet FDA standards, deny approval. However, my impression is that most of the advocates of medical marijuana seem to be more interested in legalizing marijuana for their own use. I tend to find them pretty unpersuasive and they inspire a passive aggressive contrarian instinct in me.