to read the whole thing [requires free registration] go here as a researcher in this area i feel he does have some valid points. there was no explanation for this sudden decision, although the attempt at placing the blame on a single politician seems a bit much to me. he does counter the no-evidence arguments nicely with published facts that really cannot be argued against. i just don't understand why this issue is so emotionally/politically charged. plants are a huge resource for finding useful compounds, and marijuana is a plant that contains a useful substance. synthetic thc is a prescription drug. was it the whole "reefer madness" thing from way back when? is it the stereotype of the recreational pot user? there aren't nearly so many political problems with opioids, though i do acknowledge that synthetic derivatives are used as drugs and not the actual poppy. self administration of opium can kill you with the wrong dose from respiratory depression. it's pretty much impossible to kill yourself with self administered pot, because it does not affect the brainstem. like the opioid receptor system, we also have a cannabinoid receptor system with documented actions in the cns. now we have promising research that indicates that a theoretical cannabinoid drug that could not cross the blood-brain barrier could ease pain with maybe fewer side effects than our so well-accepted narcotics. you see this? it says to me the most well studied component of marijuana works in pain relief, and we're trying to exclude the damn side effects! and yet, there is no medical potential in marijuana. thanks, FDA, for looking out for us. what would we do without you?