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Illiterate Voices

Our good friends at Educating Voices are at it again. These are the folks (led by Judy Kreamer of Naperville, Illinois) who helped Andrea Barthwell lie about sponsorships for the Illinois Marijuana Lectures.
Earlier today, they had a “scoop” at their website. In bold font and in two places they proclaimed that:

“Federation Of State Medical Boards Opposes the Smoking of Marijuana For Medicinal Applications – Unless Approved By the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

(Screen shot of that page earlier today – pdf)
A couple of suggestions to Judy when it comes to promoting big “scoops.”

  1. Generally, reporting the publicly available results (pdf) of a delegation that happened over a month ago isn’t a “scoop.”
  2. A scoop preferably should have some correct information (especially a month after the fact) and should in particular not get the facts exactly wrong.

Educating Voices now has a “clarification” up at their site.
Here’s the actual resolution as voted on at the Federation of State Medical Boards:

Resolution 05-1, offered by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, reads as follows:

Resolved, that the Federation of State Medical Boards oppose the smoking of marijuana for medicinal applications unless approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration; and be it further

Resolved, that the Federation of State Medical Boards create a special ad hoc committee to review and analyze the use of marijuana for medical purposes; and be it further

Resolved, that the committee develop recommendations for use by state medical boards in developing rules and policies to regulate the medical use of marijuana.

The Reference Committee heard testimony from Director Walters of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy about the adverse effects of drug abuse and utilization of marijuana for recreational purposes and about its policy on the utilization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. […]

ACTION: 384 – Resolution 05-1, Use of Marijuana, NOT ADOPTED

Yeah, that part about it not being adopted, in bold and underlined — you can see how Judy missed that. I love the fact that the Federation chose not to adopt it despite the visit (at taxpayer expense) of Judy’s friend John Walters to spread more lies.
So basically, we have a resolution put forth by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts (isn’t that the state that thinks that the discovery of fossils in the ground are a hoax?) that is soundly rejected — but Illiterate Voices proclaims a victory. Then, when they got caught, they promoted the Kansas resolution (voted on back in February) as their new “Scoop.”
One more note: Further down on that “Scoop” page, check out the headline on the article about the Raich decision:

The U.S. Supreme Court Bans Use Of Medical Marijuana

Gee, I didn’t know the Supreme Court could do that, did you? Of course, the Supreme Court did no such thing, but that doesn’t stop Illiterate Voices!
Their website states that “The EVI Board Members have a total of over 300 years of experience and expertise in drug prevention.” Perhaps they should try for a G.E.D.

[Big thanks to Krissy at MPP]

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