It’s amusing, in a dark sort of way, how the federal government likes to lie about Marijuana. They like to insist there’s not enough research to prove safety for personal use or efficacy as a medicine. They like to fall back on the old canards like dead brain cells, and gateway theory, trying to shore up their failing policies. In spite of solid evidence, they maintain their positions against Cannabis/Hemp/Marijuana.
Their position, of course, relies on federal policy not to accept non-U.S. research, yet, they hamper or prevent domestic research by playing a shell game between agencies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) won’t approve research not approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and other agencies. And when, on rare occasion, research is approved, investigators are only allowed to use non-research grade Cannabis produced at the University of Mississippi, the only legal grow in the United States (under federal law).
The truth of the matter is that there is a ton of research showing Cannabis’s safety and efficacy. In the worst case scenario, with just a handful of exceptions, it will not hurt you.
This piece by NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano, lists just some of the more recent research that has come out. We stand in a river of solid, peer-reviewed and replicated studies. That the federal government continues to flood us with lies is indicative of the complete dysfunction of our government.