Obama Administration Updating Marijuana Research Policy

Obama Administration Updating Marijuana Research Policy


Written by: Patrick Thompson


On Tuesday the Obama Administration will officially announce an update they will be making to the marijuana research policy. The update will permit scientists to conduct research on medical marijuana to get a better understanding of the marijuana’s medicinal properties and purposes.

This will bring down a roadblock that was created by The Public Service Health review and has been up for 16 years; the current review makes it difficult for scientists to get cleared for research involving medical marijuana. However the purpose of the review was to guarantee that scientifically valid clinical trials were being conducted.

As the United States progresses towards legalization we see more scientists showing interest in doing research on medical marijuana. Now we are seeing government policies begin to align with the scientists demand.

But the citizens want more. Marijuana is still categorized under schedule 1 in the Controlled Substances Act; the category for drugs without medical benefits like heroine and LSD.

A few months back the US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told CBS that there is data showing that “marijuana can be helpful” for various medical conditions. That conversation with CBS may have acted as a catalyst in shifting the government’s stance on medical marijuana.

“Given what the president and surgeon general have already said publicly about marijuana’s relative harms and medical uses, it’s completely inappropriate for it to remain in a schedule that’s supposed to be reserved for substances for high potential for abuse and no therapeutic value,” Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority told Reason.com.

Currently 23 states have legalized medical marijuana. Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

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