Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | February 20, 2010

Both of these things can’t be true

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The federal Controlled Substances Act, which places marijuana on Schedule 1, the most restricted category, requires that these things be true of Schedule 1 substances:

(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

(B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

(C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

But here’s what scientists, not politicians, say:

Marijuana can be a promising treatment for some specific, pain-related medical conditions, according to California researchers who presented an update of their findings Wednesday to the California Legislature and also released them to the public.

”I think the evidence is getting better and better that marijuana, or the constituents of cannabis, are useful at least in the adjunctive treatment of neuropathy,” Igor Grant, MD, executive vice-chairman of the department of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, tells WebMD.

Let’s use science, not politics, to set public policy. It’s long past time to correct the Controlled Substances Act to reflect scientific reality instead of the whims of politicians and lobbyists and the fear that they’ve instilled in the public about this relatively innocuous (compared to tobacco and alcohol, for example) substance.

Which politician has the courage and intellectual honesty to take this on?

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