Discourse Community Memo

Hello, fellow followers of the benefits of marijuana usage. Today, I’d like to point out one discourse community that opposes the view of decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level. This one discourse community in particular is none other than the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is an administration that is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring that foods are safe, wholesome, sanitary and properly labeled. They are also accountable for human and veterinary drugs, and vaccines and other biological products and medical devices intended for human use are safe and effective. These only regard some of the many other services the FDA provides, more responsibilities can be found at www.fda.gov/aboutfda/transparency/basics/ucm144877.htm. But I digress, in an April 21, 2006 New York Times article written by Gardiner Harris, the FDA said that “no sound scientific studies” supported the medical use of marijuana (Harris 1). Susan Bro, an agency spokeswoman, said the statement regarding the medical use of marijuana resulted from a past combined review by federal drug enforcement, regulatory and research agencies that concluded “smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment.” From these statements it is pretty clear to assume that the Food and Drug Administration is against the decriminalization of marijuana, in any case federal or state. This article was published by the New York Times, on their website and can be found at the following link: www.nytimes.com/2006/04/21/health/21marijuana.html. The FDA has many scenes of writing, including their own website and blogs that they post daily. This particular text, I believe, was written for any audience who is interested in both point of views (good or bad) about the issue of decriminalizing marijuana at the state or federal level. Those of the audience who are against the usage of this drug and see it as harmful and in no way beneficial would most likely side with the FDA’s opinion, while the other half of the audience would side with the medical community who present hard facts, and see marijuana for it’s benefits ( i.e. treatment for certain eating disorders ). The FDA uses different genres to advocate their position. Their website provides statistical evidence of past events that had no correlation with marijuana and it’s benefit’s. They also post “facts” on their website of why marijuana usage has no benefit. Different advocates for the FDA all have different things to say about marijuana, but all of them agree on one aspect: smoked marijuana has no benefit. From research, I believe that this organization’s goals is too explain to the world the harmful effects of marijuana on one’s body, touching on the medical advances and benefits, but staying on topic of how just how “harmful” the substance is, even though it is a proven fact that it has been linked to treat many disorders and diseases (i.e. Parkinson’s Disease).


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