Supposedly one of America’s great newspapers, The New York Times fails its readers on a key issue of individual liberty and personal health.
This NY Times lapse occurs on-line at “Times Topics,” linked here. Although Times articles linked at the this page are not terribly skewed in favor of continued prohibition of cannabis, the great error lies in the section below, the –
A list of resources from around the Web about marijuana as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.
- Marijuana: The Greatest Cause of Illegal Drug Abuse
- White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, July 2008″
This link formerly brought up a terribly dishonest tract by rabid anti-cannabis crusader and Bush drug czar, John Walters. I say formerly, as clicking the link brings up a page no longer found declaration at the ONDCP website. Rare kudos to the drug czar office for delisting this obscene propaganda piece. Walters got seven long years and hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars to lie about marijuana, calling it the most dangerous drug. This for a drug with zero recorded medical deaths! The NY Times has no business continuing the zealous ex-czar’s toxic legacy by linking to it as a resource.
During his long tenure, Walter’s was frequently cricized for his marijuana-centric drug control policy. Colorado Senator Kurt Salazar criticized the drug czar in 2006 for actively campaigning in Colorado against the SAFER initiative. “Walters should be concentrating on methamphetamine instead of marijuana”, Salazar said. “The rural sheriffs would say that meth is our biggest problem,” said spokesman Cody Wertz. “We do need to focus more on the methamphetamine scourge than marijuana.”
With this link now absent, perhaps the editors of the NY Times could link to an actually true report. A ruling by a DEA law judge, the tract is from one of the few times the DEA has told the truth. Administrative law judge Francis L. Young in 1988 concluded in his assessment that marijuana should be rescheduled downwards from the most restrictive and draconian Schedule I. After probing investigation he found:
- The evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision.
- Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality.
- Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.
- It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.