Medical Marijuana

Drug Czar Blames His Marijuana Lie on Heat Stroke

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During a recent visit to Seattle, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske seemed to blame his blatantly inaccurate statement that marijuana "has no medicinal benefit" on a heat-addled brain:

We had been hiking in 107-degree weather in the Sierra Nevadas, and when we came down, the question was in reference to smoked marijuana, and as you know, smoked marijuana has not been shown by the FDA to have, to show, medicinal value. This is a medical question, and that's where we're going to leave it.

But even in the air-conditioned studios of KOMO, a Seattle TV station, Kerlikowske could not manage to get it right. It is not correct to say that smoked marijuana "has no medicinal benefit" either. You could argue that the plant should not be smoked, that it's better to avoid inhaling combustion products by using a vaporizer, by eating marijuana-laced baked goods, by spraying a cannabis extract under your tongue, or even by swallowing an FDA-approved capsule containing synthetic THC. But the fact that federal regulators so far have approved only that last method does not mean the other modes of administration are ineffective.

When I first discussed Kerlikowske's denial of marijuana's well-established medical utility, I wrote that if "you say something like 'marijuana has no medicinal benefit,' you are either a liar or an idiot." A couple of weeks ago, I elaborated on the former possibility, but now I am leaning toward the latter explanation.

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  1. As police chief in Seattle, Kerlikowske never seemed to be one of the sharper tools in the Shed based on his public statements. I also would lean toward the latter explanation.

  2. We had been hiking in 107-degree weather in the Sierra Nevadas…

    This is the usual preamble to the two week later admission to Promises for “exhaustion.” If your excuse sounds like it could have come out of Mischa Barton’s mouth, you have a problem.

  3. Eat shit and die, Kerlikowske.

  4. I just think he’s scum.

  5. My scotch, on the other hand, has many medicinal benefits. That’s why it’s legal.

  6. I wrote that if “you say something like ‘marijuana has no medicinal benefit,’ you are either a liar or an idiot.” A couple of weeks ago, I elaborated on the former possibility, but now I am leaning toward the latter explanation.

    Gosh Mr. Sollum, can’t he be both?

  7. True story, de stijl. But I actually think coked out starlets would be more coherent. Those in doubt can check out Lindsay Lohan’s Twitter feed.

  8. Damn, that first U sure looks like an O. Lemme check my connection.

  9. check out Lindsay Lohan’s Twitter feed.

    that made me feel dirty.

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  11. I wrote that if “you say something like ‘marijuana has no medicinal benefit,’ you are either a liar or an idiot.” A couple of weeks ago, I elaborated on the former possibility, but now I am leaning toward the latter explanation.

    There’s no reason to believe he’s not both. A smart liar doesn’t tell lies whose falsehood is blatantly obvious, they tend to be more careful their deceit (eg, leaving room for more than one interpretation).

  12. Looks like we need to declare War on Hiking.

    “This is your brain… this is your brain after hiking….”

    Screw you Kerlikowske, you ignorant jackfuck with the limited vocabulary.

  13. Screw you Kerlikowske, you ignorant jackfuck with the limited vocabulary.

    You may think this is easy but you have no idea how many completely arbitrary distinctions I have to keep track of with this job. It’s hard work, especially in the sun.

  14. Jeffersonian:

    I actually went to a neurologist a few years ago after noticing my tremors were getting worse. Her diagnosis – ‘You have essential tremor. Go have a drink.’

    So my question is, can I deduct my liquor purchases as medical expenses?

  15. I almost forgot: “Fuck you Gil.”

    Which is worse – lying politicians or the media and populace who fail to hold them accountable?

  16. Who gives a fuck if weed has any medicinal benefits? Isn’t it enough to say, “who the fuck are you to tell me what I can and can’t put in my body”?

    Let’s stop pulling punches here.

  17. Gil needs to get a dictionary. He’s the only government employee who’s proud of having a limited vocabulary and not knowing the meaning of certain words (“legalization is not in my vocabulary”). Asstwat.

  18. Heat stroke, my ass. The fucker was drunk.

    -jcr

  19. Surely neither Gil Kerlikowske nor the FDA are unaware of the most widely known medical benefit of smoked marijuana, nausea suppression for chemotherapy.

  20. The fucker was drunk.

    Or he’d just smoked some killer buddha. Was he wearing sunglasses during the initial i-view?

  21. The answer is more mundane. He’s not stupid.

    He’s hired to do a high-status job. His job is to be Drug Czar. This means that he can’t deviate from accepted policy. If he errs, it must be on the side of Prohibition.

    He’s simply lying to defend his job. For a Drug Czar, it cannot be otherwise. The people who would tell the truth in his shoes are those that would never make the post of Drug Czar.

  22. What’s with all the hiking? Sanford was hiking but we know what he was really up to. I wonder what the drug czar’s “hiking” is code for.

    Is that the answer we’re going to get from pols that fuck up from now on? “I was hiking.”

    I wish they’d all take a fucking hike.

  23. The answer is more mundane. He’s not stupid.

    No. Just evil.

    If I were offered this high-status job, I would have one question:

    “Are you hiring me to spearhead legalization?”

    If the answer is no, I turn it down. Easy-peasy.

  24. So, if hiking causes you to do stupid things, how long until congress bans it?

  25. “who the fuck are you to tell me what I can and can’t put in my body”?

    I think they have every right to tell you what you can use because drugs are not good for us or society. Drug use imposes financial and other costs on society. We all pay for everyones healthcare.

    This means that he can’t deviate from accepted policy. If he errs, it must be on the side of Prohibition.

    He is required by law to support current drug laws, it is illegal for him to discuss changing them.

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  27. It is disturbing to watch and hear Kerlikowske parrot DEA propaganda; however, we need to be aware of the wording of the law which create the “drug czar” – the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

    It is somewhat incendiary to state the law directs the ONDCP director to lie, but the wording is explicit in its instruction to “take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize”.

    The recognition of a legitimate medical use by Kerlikowske would be counter to his directive.

    Link provided:
    http://www.drugwarrant.com/articles/drug-czar-required/

  28. I think its funny, here’s a guy who obviously is stoned already.

    Maybe he thinks it can be legalized faster if it isn’t a concern to anyone?

    This is your government, this is your government on drugs!

  29. “He is required by law to support current drug laws, it is illegal for him to discuss changing them.”

    unfortunately James you are correct. it is written into his job discription. he HAS to lie to keep his job but that doesn’t stop him from helping to form some policy that leans in the right direction.

    70 years of drug war won’t go away overnight. i see progress by leaps and bounds even though it seems slow. even amongst the medical community theres so much drug war mentality it’s astounding.

    it’s the safest therapeutic substance known. pretty simple.

  30. Wow… He must have been stoned out of his mind

  31. It is his job to fight any attempt to legalize any drugs listed in Schedule I,regardless of its
    form or use. As long as marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug,his office and all his warriors will fight marijuana on every front. And since 60% of the budget for the anti-drug cartels is used to fight marijuana,and the DEA is the agency that has to reschedule marijuana,do not expect any help or action from them,they will never give up the funding.

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