Archives for October 14, 2003

Pro Dopes beat Anti-Dope Dopes

Sorry about that, I just get carried away sometimes.

In one of those rare instances I find myself on the same side as the ACLU, I am very glad the Bush Administration got legally stiffed over this issue. Medical pot laws survive challenge.

JUSTICES TURNED down the Bush administration?s request to consider whether the federal government can punish doctors for recommending or perhaps even talking about the benefits of the drug to sick patients. An appeals court said they cannot be punished.

Now, let’s be clear on this: I’m a horrible square (the only thing in my life more white and square than me is sliced bread), I’ve never smoked marijuana in my life, and I’m not for pot smoking. I’m aware of studies that say it helps a small subset of patients, and aware of studies that say it doesn’t help.

What I am completely against is the Government restricting my speech in a physician-patient relationship. As long as I’m not conspiring to either defraud the government or overthrow it by force, they should stay the heck out of what I tell my patients.