White House Takes Huge Step Forward In Fight Over Marijuana Research

Patients for Medical Cannabis

From Ryan Grim @ HuffPost

WASHINGTON — The White House took a major step forward on Monday to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligned bureaucratic requirement that had long stifled scientific research.

By eliminating the Public Health Service review requirement, the Department of Health and Human Services will help facilitate research into the drug.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers had called for the requirement to be lifted.

The requirement had long outgrown today’s marijuana politics. Even opponents of legalization have called for it to be lifted. As HuffPost’s Matt Ferner reported earlier:

Currently, marijuana research that is not funded by the government must go through a Public Health Service review — a process established in 1999 by the federal government after a 1998 Institute of Medicine report called for more scientific research into the medical value of marijuana.

It’s a process that no other substance…

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