10k Hand-Written Comments Delivered To FDA Calling For Legal Cannabis | cannabisMD

10k Hand-Written Comments Delivered to FDA Calling for Legal Cannabis

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is no stranger to public pressure when it comes to legalizing cannabis. Far from it, the FDA has been under pressure for decades to legalize and regulate cannabis, at least for medical use. It has resisted this pressure to date, however it may crumble soon as the pressure it’s under grows.

The Argument for Cannabis

Cannabis is proving to be a huge industry, with profits in the US projected to overtake fizzy soft drinks in terms of profitability by 2030. It’s not surprising that the number of countries wanting a piece of this pie is growing rapidly.

In addition to the economic benefits of legal cannabis, the scientific research that this ancient plant medicine can be of real use as a treatment for a whole range of medical conditions from cancer to epilepsy and acne to eczema is growing by the day. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for critics to dismiss this.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), has recently delivered over 10,000 handwritten comments to the FDA from citizens across the United States calling for the reclassification of cannabis’ under federal law.

These comments will be considered as part of the World Health Organisation’s ongoing review of cannabis’ international classification. Under its current international definition, cannabis is classified in the most restrictive schedules possible.

NORML argues that this classification doesn’t reflect the properties of the plant, and fails to consider the many health benefits that it has been proven to contain.

The UN’s prohibition of cannabis was established over 50 years ago and is considered outdated by many. Prominent figures from NORML’s Board of Directors also submitted their own testimony that said

In general, the safety, dependence, and usage profile of cannabis compares favorably to alcohol, tobacco, and other unscheduled substances. For this reason, NORML believes that cannabis [ultimately] should be withdrawn from the treaty framework entirely. NORML FDA Cannabis Petition

It’s no wonder that in America public perception of cannabis is rapidly changing, as is proven by the 10 thousand people who submitted hand written letters to the FDA. However, this shift in attitudes isn’t just taking place in the US. Across the world many governments are legalizing cannabis for medicinal and even recreational use. And the FDA will be faced with no choice but to change how they look at cannabis if this trend continues.

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