As is true of so many things, ignorance isn't bliss. Unless you're its purveyor.
Nicole Flatow at Think Progress points to another area in which scientific data (and method) are avoided, thus allowing propaganda to win the day:
|In the face of obstacles to marijuana research from both the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and one-time MacArthur Fellow is calling out the federal government on its obstruction of science.
During an address before a medical marijuana conference Friday [Feb. 22], John H. Schwartz explained how the DEA and NIDA act as a “tag team” to censor science, with NIDA holding a monopoly over legal access to cannabis for research, and the DEA refusing to reconsider the drug’s designation in the Controlled Substances Act as a dangerous substance with no medical value on the basis that sufficient research does not exist. He alleges that the government has blocked research even though it has long been aware of marijuana’s potential to serve many medical benefits including shrink aggressive cancer cells is because it might “send the wrong message to children”:
The most blatant example of this behavior came last year, when NIDA blocked an FDA-approved clinical trial testing marijuana as a remedy for post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. It’s especially sad to note that the study participants were veterans, with PTSD deemed untreatable by other means. After 12 years of war, this is how we treat them. […]
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2005—MT's Schweitzer Leads Charge Against Bush on Prescription Drugs:
|Around these parts, Montana's new Democratic governor Brian Schweitzer has come in for a lot of (well-deserved) adulation. So it was with special interest that I read this story today about Schweitzer taking the lead in the fight to bring low-cost prescription drugs to his constituents, who of course live along the Canadian border:
The Bush administration cites public safety in trying to block admission of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, but has agreed to expand imports of Canadian beef and cattle despite cases of mad cow disease, Montana's Democratic governor complained Saturday.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin set up the day's discussion of the looming sequester. Apparently, though people were aware of the Fiscal Thingy, hardly anyone is aware of the sequester, and they don't think it will affect them. Why? Maybe it's inherent to the differences between liberals and conservatives. We dig into why that might be & what it means.