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'Superstring Theory' Co-Founder Hits Feds For Ignoring Science On Marijuana

Posted on  November 01, 2012 by  News Admin

  Physicist John Schwarz speaks out in support of marijuana reclassification, and for prioritizing science over politics Taking his first public political stance, John Schwarz, co-founder of 'Superstring Theory' and a Theoretical Physics professor at California Institute of Technology, published a commentary piece Thursday in the Huffington Post, urging the federal government to put aside the politics surrounding medical marijuana and pay attention to the abundance of scientific evidence. Schwarz has also invited his fellow scientists to join him in co-signing an open letter to President Obama at ScienceInPolicy.com, calling on him to uphold his promises to put science before politics. Schwarz pointed to President Obama's emphasis on what he called "free and open scientific inquiry," and asked "Why hasn't the long-running controversy over medical marijuana been resolved using science?" In 2009, as one of the hallmark actions of his administration, Obama issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies, explaining that "Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration on a wide range of issues, including improvement of public health..." Recognizing that Obama "has improved the role of science in the decision-making process in many areas of government," Schwarz wrote that the Administration "is ignoring scientists' voices on medical marijuana policy." Schwarz admits that a Romney Administration would "probably undo" what progress Obama has made in improving the role of science in policy decisions, but Schwarz laments that "the federal government ignores scientific facts accepted around the globe - not to mention the...