The US Government Just Admitted Cannabis is a Medicine!
Words matter. For the first time, the U.S. Federal Government has called cannabis medicine.
Previously, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), had listed a page entitled "Is Marijuana Medicine?" As of March 2017, however, the government institution has changed the name to Marijuana as Medicine, suggesting that at least some branches of the federal government admit that cannabis has medical value.
Cannabis is still listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, which means that officially it cannot be recognized as a medicine...but attitudes are changing.
When in August 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made a statement that determined that cannabis would remain a schedule 1 drug, the DEA did open up more research, including allowing more plants to cultivate marijuana for science.
While these federal institutions are far from accepting cannabis as a safe recreational herb and a humble natural medicine, admitting that cannabis is medicine is a huge step forward.
Neither of these changes represent big wins for the cannabis industry. However, these small language battles set the tone for how the public and the government interact with cannabis in the future. It’s time to use words to bridge the gap between cannabis ignorance and understanding.
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