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We were all looking for the Holy Grail, that
is_ topical drug delive/y, and the Holy Grail
let US downs and that was a very_ very big
disappointment .... I think a lot of
people, particularly in the ophthalmic
co_m/nity_ have simply lost interest in the
utilization of marijuana because (a) it has
to be smoked, and you know_ as a pharmacolo-
, gist I have nothing against that type of drug
_> delivery .... and secondly_ because of the
other effects that marijuana has .... They
won't do it because they're not convinced now
that i_@oefficacious over a long-term
._i; Apparently, the National Eye _nstitute_ which funded
Greenes efforts to isolate a topical_ marijuana-based eyedrop_
and the AAO are not prepared to risk their politically
i_ comfortable convictions about marijuana_s lack of therapeutic
utility to the hazards of neutral scientific inquiry. Having
-utterly failed in their efforts to formulate a synthetic
..... i! substitute for marijuanas they have si_ly retired from the
fields secure in theirignorance.
Persons with a more direct interest in the quality of
ocular care, _9._, patients_ aided by physicians willing to
tolerate the petty insults perpetuated by those clinging to an
%Lncertain orthodoxy, _-_-/ have not been so idle.
558/ Cross=examination of Keith Green, PhoD., Tr. 9-151 & 9-152_.
___/ The Alliance believes the AAOes Ad Hoc Committee violated
fundamental tenants of professional ethics and common good
manners in providing Government attorneys with copies of Dr.
Merritt's confidential handwritten notes® While nothing in these
......_ notes was of parti_alar significance, the fact the Academy
retained them for three years and then provided them to DEA is
significant and underscores the extent to which marijuana's
Schedule I classification has corrupted candid medical discourse
and debased professional standards of ethical conduct. Such
repugnant professional behavior sends a _chi!ling a message to
..... other physicians who might take the AAO's declarations regarding
the need for additional research too seriously.
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