The United States Surgeon General today in an interview, when asked about the medical benefits of Cannabis that it "can be helpful" and that he looks forward to seeing “where that data takes us.”
This is an interesting development, since the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) considers marijuana to be a schedule 1 drug. From the DEA website:
Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.
I'm not sure who makes the determination whether a drug has an 'accepted medical use', because there are tons of doctors throughout the country (specifically in the 20+ states with medical marijuana plans) who think it does. So I checked surgeongeneral.gov and it says:
The Surgeon General of the United States is the nation's leading spokesman on matters of public health.
That seems to be the guy that would make the determination, right? It seems untenable to have the leading spokesman for the nation saying that cannabis can be helpful medically, and then to be putting PEOPLE IN CAGES because a drug has "no currently accepted medical use". Not that that is a reason to put kids in cages, but let's at least try to have some consistency in our laws. When our laws don't make sense, people don't respect them. When people don't respect them, they become powerless. We need good, strong, sensical laws for our society. Hopefully the US government will wake up and realize this.
Watch for yourself: