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DEA Chief: Cannabis Is Not Medicine

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Yesterday, while speaking at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, the acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg made his position on cannabis very clear by stating that cannabis is not medicine. This is not a new stance, the Obama administration despite easing up on enforcing federal prohibition laws, made it very clear that they did not think cannabis had any medicinal value.

“If it turns out that there is something in smoked marijuana that helps people, that’s awesome,” Rosenberg said. “I will be the last person to stand in the way of that. … But let’s run it through the Food and Drug Administration process, and let’s stick to the science on it.” The FDA has advised the DEA in the past that cannabis should not be considered medicine, and there is no reason to believe that they will reverse their position any time soon, no matter how much evidence comes out in in favor of cannabis. The DEA chief did acknowledge the recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed CBD can help treat children with epilepsy.

The former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who served under Obama and under Trump until the end of April, said that we should be studying the benefits of medical cannabis. “Should we be reducing the administrative and other barriers to researching that in the government? 100 percent,” Murthy said. “But what we should not do is make policies based on guesswork. When we do that, what we do is put people at risk.”

I don’t think that anyone is making policies based on guesswork. There is an increasing amount of evidence that shows the medicinal benefits of cannabis. The DEA and the FDA say that there needs to be more evidence, yet they consistently stand in the way of policies that would remove barriers to cannabis research, such as rescheduling cannabis. I wonder why that is?

Source: Washington Examiner

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