An anti-legalization group requested the United States’ Food and Drug Administration to put marijuana on a restricted substance list. The FDA denied the group’s appeal.

Janet Woodcock, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation director, wrote in a letter on Monday to the group:

“[The action is] not necessary for the protection of public health.”

The group’s request was made in December. In their petition, the group said that restricting marijuana would:

“… send an industry-wide warning to the estimated 33,000 marijuana businesses in the U.S., many of which are making unsupported medical claims for marijuana and THC drug products sold as ‘medical marijuana.’”

The group then suggested that the FDA should:

“… reduce or end the ability of [over-the-counter] sellers of these drugs to assert and advertise unsupported medical claims for their products.”

While the FDA appreciated the group’s concern for the public health, the administration has already regulated the drug. Sales of medical marijuana are currently controlled by established rules. 

This action raises questions regarding the government’s current view on marijuana. Despite the fact that marijuana’s legal status remains prohibited under Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act, the FDA’s decision seems like the government is not necessarily against the THC drug. 

 

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION LEANS TOWARD SUPPORTING LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

 

Although U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to rescind President Obama’s documents protecting state marijuana laws, the Trump administration overall seems indifferent to the situation.

President Trump gave his opinion on the drug last month, supporting its legalization. 

President Trump stated:

“I support Senator Gardner. I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

Senator Cory Gardner, Colorado’s Republican senator, along with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, created a bipartisan bill in support of marijuana. Their bill, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States, would excuse state-legal marijuana activity from its provisions. 

Justin Strekal, NORML Political director, commented:

“It is a positive sign that President Trump’s first cannabis comment as the Commander in Chief was support for the STATES Act.”

The progression towards legalizing marijuana seems to be moving fast. Recently, Canada announced that they legalized recreational marijuana nation-wide. These regulations take time to create, making the process longer. If the United States were ever to legalize marijuana nation-wide, like Canada, the nation would need specified laws covering usage, sales, and distribution.

 

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