SURGEON GENERAL BLAMES SCHEDULE-I LABELING FOR PROBLEMS WITH MARIJUANA RESEARCH
- December 12, 2018
Recently, at a summit to address the United States Opioid Crisis, Surgeon General Jerome Adams brought another interesting topic to light: the federal control of marijuana. In response to an inquiry about the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), Adams explained that the government needs to re-review the scheduling of existing medications, including the little green plant. At this time, the CSA labels dangerous and highly addictive drugs as Schedule-I substances, and, as a result of marijuana falling under that category, research on the cannabis plant has been somewhat stinted. Remarkably, in the United States, marijuana might be one of the most popular yet mysterious substances produced due to tight federal regulations. Let’s take a closer look and find out why Surgeon General Jerome Adams is blaming the Schedule-I labeling for problems with cannabis research.
Urgent Call for Rescheduling
Keep in mind that Adams’ proposal about marijuana during the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative conference (Massachusetts) does not mark the first time the Surgeon General voiced his approval for the relabeling of the little green plant. In December 2017, for example, he explained that this herb should be treated like any other pharmaceutical drug. However, during the Massachusetts conference this month, he urged the government to allow the FDA to study the plant in more detail.
Although he does not support the use of recreational pot among adults (21 years and older), Adams is dedicated to scientific discovery. As an example, during his political career, he has shown support for harm reduction programs to combat public health emergencies like HIV/AIDS and opioid addiction.
Pressure the Government
As far back as 2015, senators were proposing the rescheduling of the little green plant, to no avail, but Adams continues to fight for the herb, despite his views about recreational pot. However, now that Jeff Sessions (a strong antagonist to cannabis legalization) is out of office, the Surgeon General might have a stronger chance of putting more pressure on the Justice Department. In fact, Adams has compared problems with health regulations to issue with the criminal justice system, and marijuana should definitely be a part of both conversations.
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