Last updated on: 5/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Biography

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

“In response to your request dated December 17, 1997, and pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA)… the Department of Health and Human Services recommends that marijuana continue to be subject to control under Schedule I.

As discussed in the attached analysis, marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

David Satcher, Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General, in a letter to DEA (Jan. 17, 2001)

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

“The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS’ Medicare program is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 1 billion claims per year. Medicare and Medicaid together provide health care insurance for one in four Americans.”

“About HHC,” Department of Health and Human Services website (accessed Aug. 27, 2007)

Mission:

None found

Other:
US Government Agency
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