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Congressman Boehner talks about Pot

It was interesting to hear Congressman John Boehner saying that he says he supports states like Ohio to take control about issues such as drugs and marijuana.
Bellow is an excerpt from From Bret Thompson's Progressive Ohio blog

At 3:30 in this video, Mark Preston from CNN asks Ohio Rep. John Boehner the following question, submitted by a Digg user, “Why is it that drugs (alcohol, tobacco) that kill thousands of people each year are legal, yet other drugs (marijuana) which are used for medical purposes and do far less harm and don't cause death, are illegal? “

Boehner starts his reply:

    “Whether it is the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, all of those people, by and large, don’t believe there is any [emphasis his] medicinal value in marijuana.”

Both the AMA and the American Cancer Society support further research into medical marijuana. The AMA states that "preclinical, anecdotal, or controlled evidence suggests possible efficacy." Many other mainstream medical organizations, like the 2.9 million member American Nurses Association and the American College of Physicians, support legal access to medical marijuana.

See video and the rest of Bret Thompson's Blog at


Medical Marijuana News

Two medical marijuana state governors, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, on Wednesday called on the federal government to reschedule marijuana. In a joint 106-page petition to the DEA, they said states that have passed medical marijuana laws need to be able to regulate its distribution without fear of federal prosecution.