Chuck Rosenberg, the DEA’s acting chief, stated again that “Marijuana is not medicine” during a speech at the Cleveland Clinic Thursday.
While this is certainly nothing new from Rosenberg, it is raising some concerns for medical patients. Especially when coupled with the anti-cannabis comments of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
According to Rosenberg, if there is a health benefit to marijuana he will “… be the last person to stand in the way of that… let’s run it through the Food and Drug Adminstration process, and let’s stick to the science of it.”
Which is a great idea, if marijuana wasn’t a Schedule 1 drug. This not only makes it incredibly difficult for researchers to actually study the plant (legally), but government grown marijuana is typically much less quality than that found in legal markets.
It’s simply a matter of reducing barriers and allowing scientists to discover what the effects of marijuana actually are.
According to former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, we should reduce these barriers, “… but what we should not do is make policies based on guesswork.”
I agree. I think everyone agrees. This is difficult however when the federal government won’t allow in-depth research due to marijuana’s classification.