If you want to find out what government officials and others through (recent) history think about medical marijuana, ProCon.org has done a lot of legwork for you.
The organization, a nonprofit that researches various relevant topics of the day and compiles reasonably objective assessments of the state of affairs, has a compilation of quotes under the topic: “Should marijuana be a medical option?” Personalities quoted include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (wants research; not for or against), Sen. John McCain (against it), Sanjay Gupta (Yes, the CNN guy. WTF? Against it), and former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders.
“The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day," Elders said.
Check out the info here.