White House eliminates the Public Health Service review making it easier to research medical marijuana!
Previously all marijuana research that was not funded by the federal government must go through a Public Health Service review. This process was established by the federal government in 1999 after an Institute of Medicine report called for more scientific research into medical marijuana. No other schedule one substance has had to go through a Public Health Service review.
By eliminating the Public Health Service review requirement, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), also known as the drug czar’s office, will help facilitate research into the drug.
Drug czar spokesman Mario Moreno Zepeda said, “The Obama Administration has actively supported scientific research on whether marijuana or its components can be safe and effective medicine. Eliminating the Public Health Service review should help facilitate additional research to advance our understanding of both the adverse effects and potential therapeutic uses for marijuana or its components.”
This is a big step forward in support of medical marijuana research moving forward. Hopefully now we will see a lot more research on medical marijuana!
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