Obama is all about fairness. On Monday, the White House lifted a ridiculous and outdated bureaucratic hurdle that had existed for 16 years. The Public Health Service review, established in 1999 to review marijuana research not funded by the government, simply doesn’t makes sense in 2015. It’s actually a process that no other drug classified by the government as Schedule I is subject to. Even opponents of marijuana legalization have called for it to be lifted. On Monday, it finally happened.

By lifting the silly bureaucratic requirement, the Obama administration has opened the door to additional research into the medicinal properties of marijuana. Drug czar office 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.”

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will now facilitate research into marijuana.

Art Tavana
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