FDA Intends to Look into Medical Marijuana Claims
Good news, if it’s true. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb might start looking into medical marijuana’s many claims.
“I see people who are developing products who are making claims that marijuana has antitumor effects in the setting of cancer,” said Gottlieb at a hearing before Congress this week. “It’s a much broader question about where our responsibility is to step into this.”
OK, let’s do this. May we suggest, Dr. Gottlieb, that you get in touch with a few scientists and colleagues to help you out with this important job?
How about Dr. Orrin Devinsky, who is working on cannabis-based anti-epilepsy drugs for children at New York University Langone Medical Center?
Weed Arrests Outnumber Violent Crime Arrests
The War on Drugs pertinaciously continues unabated, despite spreading marijuana legalization and a growing desire for new directions in drug policy. In fact, last year more than three times the number of people were arrested for drugs—including weed—than for all violent crimes combined.
According to the FBI’s newest Uniform Crime Report, marijuana arrests in 2016 rose by more than 75,000, compared to 2015, which is an increase of 12 percent. Overall drug arrests in 2016 increased to 1.57 million—a 5.63 percent rise from 2015—which includes marijuana arrests.
STATISTICS AVERAGE 3 DRUG ARRESTS PER MINUTE, 24/7, THROUGHOUT 2016
More than four out of five of those arrests—84.6 percent, or 1,330,401 arrests—were simply for drug possession. Marijuana arrests also increased—about 41 percent of all drug arrests were for marijuana, with the vast majority being for simple possession.
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