The Office of National Drug Control Policy (UNDCP) Director John Walters stated in an Apr. 21, 2006 press release:

“Too many of our citizens suffer from pain [a symptom of arthritis] and chronic illnesses.

Smoking illegal drugs may make some people ‘feel better.’ However, civilized societies and modern day medical practices differentiate between inebriation and the safe, supervised delivery of proven medicine by legitimate doctors.”

Apr. 21, 2006