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I’m sorry, I probably shouldn’t let my feelings get away like that. And I should have been smart enough to not listen to this radio program featuring ONDCP’s “Dr.” David Murray and gambler/sado-moralist/former drug czar William Bennett.
So Bill Bennett asks about medical marijuana, and this is what David Murray, a federal employee paid by my tax dollars, has to say:

This is really hurting us, and it’s hurting the people because it’s a fraud. There is no medical value to smoked, raw, weed marijuana — the Food and Drug Administration, scientific bodies have weighed in on this. This is not an open, or a contested issue — it’s clear. It is risky. It is dangerous to the people who use it, and it is not therapeutically valuable. It’s not a medicine, so the fraud is to keep offering it as a medicine. And in state initiatives supported by very powerful legalization lobbies with millions of dollars behind it, they’ve sometimes pulled the wool over voters in state initiatives in places like California, and now even New Mexico.

This isn’t worth debunking. This is a guy throwing handfuls of his own feces around the room. When that happens, there’s no point sticking around. You just hope that an attendant will be around soon to put him back in his cell.
So I turned it off. If any of the rest of you want to listen to the rest and see what the callers had to say, let me know what happened.
I’ve got some other thoughts going through my head right now…
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Raich, 41, began sobbing when she was told of the decision and said she would continue using the drug.
“I’m sure not going to let them kill me,” she said. “Oh my God.”

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On June 14, Natalie Fisher went to Peter McWilliams’ home, where she worked as housekeeper to the wheelchair-bound victim of AIDS and cancer. In the bathroom on the second floor, she found his life-less body. He had choked to death on his own vomit. …
I thought about the judge who had denied him his day in court and had ordered him to forgo the medication that kept him alive. I suppose he’s happy, I said to myself, now that he’s murdered Peter.
I’m one of those libertarians who generally tries to look at government policies more as folly than as evil. But sometimes, the evil that government does transcends simple folly. Sometimes I have to be reminded that there is a real human cost of government.

There is a real cost to what the David Murrays of this world do to our country, our citizens, our soul.

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