U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) urged the federal government to allow increased research on medicinal cannabis during a hearing held by the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control last week.
Speaking before officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Food and Drug Administration, Gillibrand did not mince words, openly criticizing an FDA official for not expanding drug trials for children suffering deadly seizures.
“You have thousands of patients in my state alone who need access to this medicine, and they don’t get accepted by the drug trials,” she said to FDA Deputy Director Douglas Throckmorton.
“That’s outrageous,” added Gillibrand, who is backing proposed federal legislation to mandate increased medical marijuana research.
For their part, NIDA and FDA officials agreed with lawmakers that barriers to cannabis research should be removed, and they collectively blamed the DEA.
NIDA may only conduct research on medical marijuana provided by the DEA. Though the DEA has increased the amount of weed for research in recent years, the agency won’t license any other pot cultivator other than the University of Mississippi, which produces sub-standard cannabis flowers compared to high-potency, medicinally effective strains available from cultivation experts in states like Colorado and California.
It could be argued that by only providing lower-grade cannabis, marijuana’s efficacy is diminished in the limited research that is conducted, furthering the DEA’s goal of keeping pot Schedule I—classified as having no medical use. Hopefully, the work of legislators like Booker and Gillibrand will lead to improved and expanded medical pot studies.
Arkansas Judge Rescinds All Cannabis Cultivation Licenses
The Governor of Utah Just Signed A Medical Marijuana Bill
Inside The First-Ever High Times Women of Weed Event
First Cannabis Co-Working Space in Los Angeles Set To Open
Guides2 weeks ago
8 Ways Weed Can Improve Your Relationships
Women2 weeks ago
7 Reasons Why Cannabis And Women Are A Perfect Match
Culture2 weeks ago
Top 7 Cartoon Characters Who Smoke Weed
Products1 week ago
10 Best Bowls Of 2017
Business2 weeks ago
9 Businesses That Should Incorporate Weed
Products7 days ago
10 Best E-nails for Cannabis Concentrates
Celebrities1 week ago
Top 10 Comedians Who Smoke Weed
Products1 week ago
10 Best Carb Caps For Cannabis Concentrates