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Gov't Suppresses $2 Million Study: THC may fight Cancer !!!

Howard Olson holson at california.com
Fri Feb 7 02:07:11 EST 1997


Bovine Remailer <haystack at holy.cow.net> wrote:

>   BOSTON, Jan. 30, 1997 (UPI) - The U.S. federal government has failed to
>make public its own 1994 study that undercuts its position that marijuana
>is carcinogenic - a $2 million study by the National Toxicology Program.
>The program's deputy director, John Bucher (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dirtob/bucher.htm),
>says the study "found absolutely no evidence of cancer." In fact, animals
>that received THC had fewer cancers. Bucher denies his agency had been
>pressured to shelve the report, saying the delay in making it public was
>due to a personnel shortage.
>   The Boston Globe reported Thursday (1-30-97) that the study indicates
>not only that the main ingredient in marijuana, THC, does not cause cancer,
>but also that it may even protect against malignancies, laboratory tests on
>animals show.
>   The report comes on the heels of an editorial in the prestigious New
>England Journal of Medicine that favors the controlled medical use of
>marijuana, and calls current federal policy "misguided, heavy-handed and
>inhumane."
>   The Clinton administration has said that doctors prescribing marijuana
>could be prosecuted for a federal crime.
>   Marijuana has been reported to ease the pain, nausea and vomiting in
>advanced stages of cancer, AIDS and other serious illnesses, but the
>federal government claims other treatments have been deemed safer than what
>it calls "a psychoactive, burning carcinogen."
>   However, The Boston Globe says the government's claim appears to be
>undercut by its own $2 million study.
>***************************************************************************

>John R.Bucher denies his agency, the National Toxicology Program, has been
>pressured to shelve the report! Let John know how YOU feel about government
>cover-ups:

>               John R. Bucher - mailto:bucher at niehs.nih.gov
>               P.O.Box 12233
>               Research Triangle Park, NC  27709
>               919-541-4532

>                  Let the Boston Globe know how YOU feel:
> 
>                          mailto:letter at globe.com


	Regardless of the possible marginality of this study it should be
widely examined by oncologists and other scientists OUTSIDE of the
loop of government largesse. This is too big to trust an arrogant
,secretive government with....
 
	Howard R. Olson, MA
	Bioethicist




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