Office of National Drug Control Policy response in regard to medical marijuana

Thank you for contacting ONDCP.

On April 20th, 2006, the FDA issued an advisory concluding that no
sound scientific studies have supported medical use of smoked
marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human
data support the safety or efficacy of smoked marijuana for general
medical use.

There are alternative FDA-approved medications in existence for
treatment of many of the proposed uses of smoked marijuana. For
example, a prescription drug, Marinol, is currently available to
anyone with a doctor’s prescription. Marinol contains THC, the active
ingredient in marijuana, and has been approved for some of the same
uses as medicinal marijuana.

To learn more about “medical marijuana,” please visit the following
Web sites:

Medical Marijuana Reality Check
http://www.ncjrs.gov/ondcppubs/publications/pdf/marijuana_fs.pdf

Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked Marijuana Is a
Medicine
http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01362.html

Medical Marijuana – Marinol
http://www.dea.gov/ongoing/marinol.html

Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base
http://books.nap.edu/html/marimed/

Marijuana Studies/Articles from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugpages/marijuana.html

Marijuana Research Report
http://www.drugabuse.gov/ResearchReports/Marijuana/default.html

The DEA Position on Marijuana
http://www.dea.gov/marijuana_position.html

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

ONDCP Clearinghouse
http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov

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