With the prescription painkiller epidemic crisis in America at record highs it’s more important than ever to be able to study cannabis.

We agree with Elizabeth Warren that the CDC should join forces with all other federal agencies to study the “effectiveness of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids for pain treatment in States where it is legal”.

More research is necessary in order to determine the potential of possible effectiveness of cannabis as a replacement for prescription pain killers. The viability of cannabis for this and other ailments continues to amaze us.

Cannabis needs to be re-scheduled so that this and other important research can begin.

Via High Times:

It is a lack of marijuana research that continues to provide the upper hand for federal lawmakers wanting to prevent the herb to become a socially accepted medication. As long as cannabis is listed a Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act, it is considered a dangerous drug without no medicinal value. This has prevented the scientific community from really digging in and unlocking the true potential the cannabis plant has to offer as a confirmed treatment for a variety of conditions ranging from severe anxiety disorders to cancer.

Although countless attempts have been made to pull the herb out of its current classification and put it into one that would help facilitate research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have refused to let this to happen, supposedly in the interest of health and public safety.

Head on over to High Times for the full article.

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