Letter to the editor(Photo: File photo)
Reading former U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles’ recent guest column advocating legalization of medical marijuana made me sick. And I don’t think a few drags on a joint would make me feel any better.
Nettles is clever in obfuscating the harmful effects of smoking of marijuana with the therapeutic benefit of certain cannabis-based medicines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, that we’ve relied upon since 1937 to tell us which medicines are safe and effective, says smoking marijuana has no accepted medical value, and a high potential for abuse. Yet the proposed South Carolina medical marijuana bill calls for smoking marijuana. Nettles says South Carolina should rely on data and research generated by the 29 states that have legalized medical marijuana.
But then he describes that data, such as evidence that smoking marijuana is helpful for PTSD, as based solely on “controlled peer-reviewed clinical studies, combined with anecdotal evidence.” That’s not very reassuring, particularly in light of the fact that the Veterans Administration says smoking marijuana does not help PTSD sufferers, and