Medical Marijuana

GUESTS: TERRY HENSLEY *Executive Director of the Drug Free America Foundation Inc. in St-Petersburg, Florida KEITH STROUP *Executive Director of National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML) in Washington, D.C. *Public interest lawyer LYN NOFZIGER *Former deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee *Supports "carefully controlled, medical access to marijuana." A new report from the National Academy of Sciences concluded that marijuana helps in treating the pain, nausea and weight loss caused by illnesses such as AIDS and cancer. The study also found no evidence that medical use of marijuana leads to an increase of illicit use of the drug. Ironically, the report was commissioned by Drug Czar General Barry R. McCaffrey, who has taken a very strong position against ballot initiatives approving the use of medical marijuana. Doctors in these states are often afraid to write prescriptions for marijuana because the federal government has threatened to prosecute them or suspend their licenses. Join Ray Suarez and guests to discuss the continuing controversy over marijuana's role in medicine on the next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News.



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