One of the valid arguments that I hear against medical cannabis is that it hasn't been vetted for medical value by standard FDA testing. The primary reason it hasn't been tested is that cannabis is listed as a Schedule 1 substance by the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has no known medical use, a high potential for abuse, and a lack of accepted safety. On that last point, the therapeutic use of cannabis dates back in recorded history to 2700 BC, and in the
Thankfully the rest of the world is not so stuck on stupid, and the video here gives a brief overview of some of the exciting work that is being done with cannabis as a cancer treatment abroad.
When I smoked marijuana 'back in my college daze' I always assumed that I was, at the very least, exposing myself to the same type of health risks as those who smoked cigarettes and other tobacco products. But new research into the risks of marijuana shows no elevated cancer risks for moderate users. Might this be because marijuana smokers are getting a hefty dose of cancer killing THC along with the tar and other carcinogens? Proper research could give us an answer.
The Florida Legislature is currently debating a bill that would allow one specific type of marijuana to be used medically to treat individuals with uncontrolled seizure disorders. The version of cannabis nicknamed “Charlotte’s Web” after a Colorado child is high in the non-euphoric cannabidiol, and low in the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol which gets people high when smoking the plant.
Leave it to our Republican Legislature, but if they can't have fun why should anybody else?
While this is a step in the right direction because it acknowledges that cannabis does in fact have medical value it doesn't go anywhere near far enough because it ignores the growing body of evidence that cannabis can help many different conditions other than the seizure disorders the high cannabidiol cannabis can treat.
The U.S. Congress should move quickly to reclassify marijuana so that medical research can move ahead unhindered. The Florida Legislature should pass the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, S.B. 1250 so that those who suffer from a whole host of disorders can have, under a doctor's direction, access to this promising substance. And of course, every Floridian should go to the polls and vote "Yes on 2" this November.