Medical Cannabis Is a “Hoax,” Says Bloomberg

June 3, 2013 | Andy Cush

In case you need any clarifying on where Michael Bloomberg stands on weed, the mayor called medical cannabis a “hoax” on his WOR radio appearance Friday, before outright dismissing any attempts to legalize the plant.

“Medical, my… come on. There’s no medical,” he said. “This is one of the great hoaxes of all time.”

Bloomberg also echoed the Gavin McInnes line of rhetoric, calling weed unsafe because “marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or 30 years ago,” and repeated the bizarre idea that legalizing would lead out-of-work dealers into selling cocaine.

As CBS New York points out, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, vice chairman of the 600-strong pro-weed group New York Physicians for Compassionate Care  issued a strongly-worded retort.

“Mayor Bloomberg’s statement that medical marijuana is a hoax is tantamount to saying that the moon landing was faked,” Aggarwal wrote. “Marijuana, given in oral and inhaled forms, has been shown in large, gold-standard, double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trials conducted at major medical centers to relieve pain and muscle spasm, and stimulate appetite and weight gain in patients with wasting syndromes. The data is published for all to see and has been backed up by biochemistry.”

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