There’s a good interview with Howard Dean over at LiberalOasis. Dean continues to talk a very good line — I only hope that if elected, he follows through. So far, I’ve yet to see anything to convince me he wouldn’t, but it’s quite hard to tell at this point.
While I quite honestly didn’t realize that this was much of an issue right now, I liked his response to a question about the legalization of medical marijuana:
LO: In Vermont, you opposed a bill that would have given terminally ill patients access to medicinal marijuana.
What was your rationale? As President, would you direct the FDA to objectively address this issue?
HD: My opposition to medical marijuana is based on science, not based on ideology.
More specifically, I don’t think we should single out a particular drug for approval through political means when we approve other drugs through scientific means.
When I’m President, I will require the FDA to evaluate marijuana with a double blind study with the same kinds of scientific protocols that every other drug goes through.
I’m certainly willing to abide by what the FDA says.
(via Kevin Drum)