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July 10, 2007

Rudy Giuliani, M.D.

by Doug Mataconis

No, the former Mayor of New York didn’t go to medical school, but he thinks that he did:

Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that people who want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes really just want to make the drug available to everyone.

“I believe the effort to try and make marijuana available for medical uses is really a way to legalize it. There’s no reason for it,” the former New York mayor said during a town hall-style meeting at New Hampshire Technical Institute.

He also said there are better alternatives.

“You can accomplish everything you want to accomplish with things other than marijuana, probably better. There are pain medications much superior to marijuana,” he said.

“We’d be much better off telling people the truth. Marijuana adds nothing to the array of legal medications and prescription medications that are available for pain relief.”

Rudy, I’m not sure which law school you went to, but mine didn’t teach me anything about how to treat terminal cancer, or glaucoma. So don’t pretend you know anything about either one of these topics.

Ann Althouse, a relatively conservative law professor has this say about Rudy’s nonsense:

I think he’s right. But perhaps marijuana should be legalized, not just for people who can portray themselves as sick enough, but for any adult. Of course, he can hardly say that.

What basis Professor Althouse has for saying that Mayor Giuliani’s assessment of the medical benefits of marijuana are “right” I can’t entirely say. But, the second part of her paragraph is 100% right.

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5 Comments

  1. Rudy, I’m not sure which law school you went to, but mine didn’t teach me anything about how to treat terminal cancer, or glaucoma. So don’t pretend you know anything about either one of these topics.

    He probably went to the one that taught how to use government intervention to benefit corporations at the expense of the populace and call it “freedom.” I mean, come on, wasn’t his dad in the mob? Rudy’s along with the majority of all politicians are nothing more than elected mobsters. He knows who cuts his checks.

    Comment by js290 — July 10, 2007 @ 11:10 pm
  2. “We’d be much better off telling people the truth.”

    He’s 100% right. Too bad he doesn’t know the truth himself.

    There have been numerous studies providing evidence that marijuana does have a medicinal value. I recall reading an April report on newscientist.com citing a Harvard study that suggests the cannabinoids could help with lung cancer tumours. There are a multitude of other ailments suggested for its use. No, it isn’t totally safe but I’d select it before I drank another sip of alcohol.

    The use of synthetic forms of THC is like trying to force people to buy synthetic vegetables. I grow my own carrots. When will the govt cut me off and force me to buy overpriced carrot pills?

    In my humble opinion, they legalized the wrong thing back when alcohol prohibition was lifted. But remember, “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.” If that doesn’t catch your eye, here is a gem from the 80s, “Marijuana leads to homosexuality, the breakdown of the immune system, and therefore to AIDS.” — Carlton Turner. White House Drug Czar under Ronald Reagan.

    These guys make me sick to my stomach.

    Comment by Symgharyl — July 11, 2007 @ 1:13 am
  3. “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

    On a PBS documentary about Bob Marley, he was asked why the Rastas smoke so much herb. He basically said look who’s telling us not to… I’m not sure most potheads are that insightful, though.

    http://www.swagga.com/ganga.htm

    Comment by js290 — July 11, 2007 @ 6:27 am
  4. If I could add, sure, there are pain medications superior to marijuana. And I work in pharmacy (closer to the medical profession than he can say) and I see people come in every day who are HOOKED on pain killers. It’s sad, really.

    And then there’s the whole glaucoma thing to boot…

    Comment by Brad R — July 11, 2007 @ 10:20 am
  5. If I could add, sure, there are pain medications superior to marijuana… and I see people come in every day who are HOOKED on pain killers. It’s sad, really.

    All the effective pain killers are opium based. So, not only are people getting hooked, they’re paying the big pharmacueticals big bucks for that benefit. Seems like it’d be cheaper to go to an opium den.

    Comment by js290 — July 11, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

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