Evidently not much of the $2.5 million Sheldon Adelson donated to defeating medical marijuana has been spent on research

Jessica Spencer, director of the well-funded Vote No on 2 campaign opposing legalization of medical marijuana may have Sheldon Adelson’s millions on her side, but apparently not the facts.

Florida resident Cathy Jordan was diagnosed with Amyoltrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1986 and given 5 years to live. She claims credits smoking marijuana for the fact that she is still alive today.

Spencer, however, isn’t buying it. “No major medical organization has come out in support of medical marijuana” she says.

Evidently not much of Sheldon Adelson’s 2.5 million has been spent on research, because according to NORML, there is no shortage of major medical organizations who have expressed their support for being able to use marijuana to treat patients:

AIDS Action Council
AIDS Treatment News
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Medical Student Association
American Nurses Association
American Osteopathic Association
American Preventive Medical Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Arthritis Research Campaign (United Kingdom)
Australian Medical Association (New South Wales) Limited
Australian National Task Force on Cannabis
Belgian Ministry of Health
British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology
British House of Lords Select Committee On Science and Technology (Second Report)
British Medical Association
Canadian AIDS Society
Canadian Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs
French Ministry of Health
Health Canada
Kaiser Permanente
Lymphoma Foundation of America
Multiple Sclerosis Society (Canada)
The Multiple Sclerosis Society (United Kingdom)
National Academy of Sciences Institute Of Medicine (IOM)
National Association for Public Health Policy
National Nurses Society on Addictions
Netherlands Ministry of Health
New England Journal of Medicine
New South Wales (Australia) Parliamentary Working Party on the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes
Alaska Nurses Association
Being Alive: People With HIV/AIDS Action Committee (San Diego, CA)
California Academy of Family Physicians
California Nurses Association
California Pharmacists Association
Colorado Nurses Association
Connecticut Nurses Association
Florida Governor’s Red Ribbon Panel on AIDS
Florida Medical Association
Hawaii Nurses Association
Illinois Nurses Association
Life Extension Foundation
Medical Society of the State of New York
Mississippi Nurses Association
New Jersey State Nurses Association
New Mexico Medical Society
New Mexico Nurses Association
New York County Medical Society
New York State Nurses Association
North Carolina Nurses Association
Rhode Island Medical Society
Rhode Island State Nurses Association
San Francisco Mayor’s Summit on AIDS and HIV
San Francisco Medical Society
Vermont Medical Marijuana Study Committee
Virginia Nurses Association
Whitman-Walker Clinic (Washington, DC)
Wisconsin Nurses Association

Studies about the efficacy of marijuana as a medical treatment have been hampered by the inability of researchers to legally obtain samples for testing the Schedule I drug until recently.  But even New York State’s extremely restrictive medical marijuana law allows marijuana to be prescribed for treatment of ALS.