Only the University of Mississippi has the federal go-ahead to research the medical value of cannabis. Smart Approaches to Marijuana is trying to change that, though they oppose recreational marijuana legalization, skeptical that a legalization model able to constrain commercial harm will be adopted by states considering legalization. Asserting the value of cannabidiol over THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, would provide anti-legalization groups with munition against drugs that also contain THC, and pro-recreational policy recommendations in general.
By ALEX DOBUZINSKIS | May 28, 2015
A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana’s potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind.
The plan from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which is co-founded by former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, comes after three U.S. Senators this year introduced a bill that would require the federal government to recognize pot’s medical value and allow states to set their own medical cannabis policies.