As far back as 1988, after an extensive review of the research, the DEA’s own chief administrative judge Francis L. Young concluded: “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known.” The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine found similarly. The DEA ignored the research. In 2010, at least 15 double-blind crossover studies, the Gold Standard of research, are among the 20,000 studies showing the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis and NO evidence it causes cancer—more supportive research for marijuana than any drug ever approved by the FDA! In 2009, forced by the overwhelming weight of research evidence, the American Medical Association overcame its previous hostility to support “that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines.” The supportive 2010 University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research Report to the Legislature also demonstrates numerous benefits and safety of marijuana.
11:16 AM PT -- Melissa has responded to Tamar, telling TMZ ... she stands by her story that Vincent verbally and emotionally abused her while recording her first Dream album at age 14, and that he asked her to lose weight. She says she is not attempting to insert herself into Tamar and Vince's family matters ... and just wants to shed light on a big problem in the music biz. Tamar Braxton is slamming a member of the girl group Dream who claimed Tamar's estranged husband abused her ... Tamar thinks she's a "thirst bucket" who is just out for attention.