Newsfeed : White House Responds to Petition to Legalize Marijuana

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Newsfeed » November 2011

Most Popular Links
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

20 Years Ago In POZ

More News

Click here for more news

Have news about HIV? Send press releases, news tips and other announcements to


November 1, 2011

White House Responds to Petition to Legalize Marijuana

The White House has responded to a petition to legalize and regulate marijuana, stating there is yet no scientific data to support legalization, according to a White House statement. Citing the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the President’s National Drug Control Strategy, the statement asserts that studies have shown marijuana is associated with addiction and developmental brain delays and that smoked marijuana has not been shown to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicinal use. The National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML) has responded with its own statement, refuting every claim in the White House response with scientific studies and asking again that the White House consider regulating cannabis as it does alcohol and tobacco.

To read the White House statement, click here.

To read the NORML statement, click here.

Search: White House, legalize, marijuana, NORML

Scroll down to comment on this story.


(will display; 2-50 characters)


(will NOT display)


(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules

Hide comments

Previous Comments:

  comments 1 - 5 (of 5 total)    

janet richetti, daytona beach florida, 2011-11-09 08:11:23
YET, some states in the US have legalized a portion of the sale of Cannibus, not in minute quantity either. Not one type of Cannibus but many types and strengths.....why not across the US, at the very least in this capacity? If not the legalization in other capacities. I hope this Plant will be legal in my lifetime.

SexT9born, Concord , Ca ., 2011-11-05 23:58:06
Our urge to eat is what keeps us eating it's what keeps us alive . It gives life . Canabis is the only known drug to stimulate an appetite in humans ( but only if smoked ). In other words , canabis gives life by making people want to eat and helps keep down their food when they're feeling sick to their stomachs from chemotherapy or from taking other medicines that makes it possible for them to survive and live life . Why on earth would you make a drug that GIVES LIFE illegal. Doesn't add up.

Diane Kennelly, Mesa, AZ, 2011-11-03 23:08:12
The White House statement is completely fiction!!! Check out the website for Americans for Safe Access... there has been NUMEROUS studies showing the benefits of medical cannabis and as long as you DON'T smoke it, there are NO SIDE EFFECTS and there is no chance of addiction unless you are an addictive type of personality. No one has EVER died from medical cannabis use which is a LOT more than you can say about pharmaceuticals!!

Rosetta, Buffalo, NY, 2011-11-03 20:02:42
If they don't legalize marijuana, then I say we push to make cigarettes and alcohol and fast food illegal also....oh yeah and tanning and casinos and unprotected sex and put all the law breakers in jail....

J. Combs, Gaithersburg, MD. 20878, 2011-11-03 14:53:10
Tabacco, a known addictive as well as poisenous plant is permitted. Alcohol, addictive, is the cause of many DUI's, other death's, liver jaundice. How many people did the Gov't poison during prohibition as a "deterrent"? Over 10k. The Gov't already has, and knows the data about Marijuana, and has for year's (why should they not?) They also know it reduce huge trafficking across the border. Go figure! Maybe the Fed's should stay out of state business?

comments 1 - 5 (of 5 total)    

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Did you participate in an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.