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Federation of American Scientists Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Based on much evidence, from patients and doctors alike, on the superior effectiveness and safety of whole cannabis compared to other medications, the President should instruct the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration to make efforts to enroll seriously ill patients whose physicians believe that whole cannabis would be helpful to their conditions in clinical trials, both to allow data-gathering and to provide an alternative to the black market while the scientific questions about the possible utility of cannabis are resolved.”

Petition to Health and Human Services, Nov. 15, 1994

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) was formed in 1945 by atomic scientists from the Manhattan Project who felt that scientists, engineers and other innovators had an ethical obligation to bring their knowledge and experience to bear on critical national decisions, especially pertaining to the technology they unleashed – the Atomic Bomb…

Today, FAS continues its exemplary 60-year record of achieving meaningful results in strategic security with research and education projects in nuclear arms control and global security; conventional arms transfers; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; information technology for human health; and government information policy.”

“About FAS,” FAS website (accessed Sep. 20, 2007)

Mission:

“The mission of the FAS is to provide the public, media and policymakers with high-quality information to better inform debates and decisions on science-related issues.”

“Publications,” FAS website (accessed Sep. 20, 2007)

Other:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3)