Senators Probe Obama Administration on Medical Marijuana Research

Senators Probe Obama Administration on Medical Marijuana Research

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Josh Long – Blog Eight Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Monday inquired into what the Obama Administration is doing to facilitate medical marijuana research at a time when nearly half the states in the country have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. In a letter addressed to the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services, White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and Drug Enforcement Administration, the senators referenced limited research on marijuana’s health benefits in spite of the fact that millions of Americans have the right under state laws to use marijuana for medical use. As the senators pointed out, 23 states and the District of Columbia authorize marijuana for medical use, while 15 states have laws that explicitly authorize the use of cannabidiol or CBD. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, though the Obama Administration has largely left alone states with medical and recreational marijuana laws. “There is no substitute for rigorous preclinical and clinical research on the potential benefits of medical marijuana,” the senators wrote in the letter . “With the patient pool of medical marijuana users growing in the United States, we believe that federal agencies have both an opportunity and a responsibility to craft a sensible research and public health strategy that allows us to generate meaningful data and conclusions from this ongoing natural experiment.” Signatories included Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Jeffrey Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon, Barbara Mikulski (Maryland), Barbara Boxer (California), Cory Booker (New Jersey) and Kirsten Gillibrand (New York). The letter also was forwarded to the heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institutes of Health, FDA and National Institute on Drug Abuse. The senators probed the executive branch on a wide range […]

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