The federal government just admitted that cannabis can eradicate some types of brain tumors. But they’re not planning to budge on medical marijuana policy just yet.
According to an article in RawStory, a recent study funded by the feds, via the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that “marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”
This is huge, especially considering the recent influx of stories about CBD’s purported cancer-fighting properties. There’s something special going on inside everyone’s favorite phytocannabinoid. But until now, there wasn’t a lot of straightforward intel on just what it could do.
That’s why it’s so ridiculous that the government won’t change their tactics, preferring instead to continue prosecuting people and groups for medicating with cannabis.
Speaking in a statement last week, Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said that his employers don’t think an end-of-marijuana-prohibition amendment passed late last year by Congress actually… applies.
In the statement, he pointed out an interpretation that means the feds could keep building cases against anyone who’s defied the country’s laws.
If medical marijuana really has the ability to fight cancer (and now, even the government says it does), why keep prohibition alive and “well”?
Maybe it’s time we woke up and smelled the skunkweed.
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