The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) states on its website article "Medical Marijuana: The Facts," (accessed May 9, 2005):

Since the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, any drug that is marketed in the United States must undergo rigorous scientific testing. The approval process mandated by this act ensures that claims of safety and therapeutic value are supported by clinical evidence and keeps unsafe, ineffective and dangerous drugs off the market…

Medical marijuana already exists. It’s called Marinol. A pharmaceutical product, Marinol, is widely available through prescription.”

May 9, 2005