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It’s A Big Day For Marijuana Science
By Amanda Reiman, Drug Policy Alliance
Today the federal government has an opportunity to agree to review the scientific evidence related to the use of marijuana as a medicine. A lawsuit brought by Americans for Safe Access and other marijuana reform organizations is challenging the government’s classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug — one for which there are no acceptable medical uses. One of the individual plaintiffs, Michael Krawitz, is a veteran of the Air Force, and uses medical marijuana to combat pain and PTSD. Krawitz’s claims concerning the medical benefits of marijuana have been echoed by physicians such as Donald Abrams from University of California, San Francisco, and Igor Grant from the University of California, San Diego. Both doctors have conducted research into the medical value of marijuana and have concluded that it does in fact exist.
In light of this scientific evidence, it would be assumed that marijuana does have medical value and should therefore not be a Schedule I substance. However, this is not the first time the evidence about marijuana’s effects has been presented to the federal government.