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Drew Carey Talks Marijuana

by Pete Allman, Celebrity Scene News, November 2007

Actor Drew Carey, recently stated on a new videotape for the Reason advocacy organization examining marijuana: "I think it's clear by now, that the federal government needs to reclassify marijuana. People who need it should be able to get it safely and easily."

Voters in 12 states have legalized medical marijuana. California Gov. Schwarzenegger said that marijuana is not a drug: it's a leaf. But that's not the way the DEA looks at it. The federal government classifies marijuana and heroin as equals - even in the states that have legalized marijuana. The government's position is that marijuana has no accepted medical use and it has a high potential for abuse. Cocaine and methamphetamine, on the other hand, are two drugs the government puts in a less restrictive category than cannabis, the scientific name for marijuana.

Why, then, did the government in 1999 commission the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences to do a study on marijuana, which showed it to be of therapeutic value in reliving pain, controlling vomiting and nausea and stimulating the appetite.

Furthermore, the doctors at the University of California San Francisco and at San Francisco General Hospital proved that marijuana provides significant relief to HIV-infected patients suffering from systemic pain. Perhaps, the DEA needs to reexamine the body of evidence regarding the validity of marijuana for medical patients' use.


Pete Allman is a Las Vegas-based commentator, broadcast personality and celebrity interviewer. He also produces inspirational messages for television and other media.