KRON TV, February 12, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- Federal anti-drug officials are
criticizing a study performed at San Francisco General
Hospital which appears to show marijuana is effective in
The State of California paid for the study in which 50
people with HIV tried to ease pain in their feet. All of
the patients got a cigarette. Half contained marijuana
grown at a Federal facility in Mississippi. The other got
a placebo that looked and smelled like pot but didn't
contain the active ingredient of THC.
More than half of the pot smokers said their pain eased
by a third or more. Only one out every six of those with
the fake pot felt better. Researchers say this is a
double-blind study that is much more accurate that earlier
projects looking at medical marijuana.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy issued a
statement criticizing the study. Federal officials say
the group was too small for definitive results. They also
worry patients will be harmed by smoking anything, whether
it was the marijuana or the placebo. Federal law bans
medical marijuana. Federal officials have long insisted
pot has no legitimate medical value.