FDA Commissioner: Federal cannabis legalization is an ‘inevitability’

While simultaneously believing that cannabis has zero medicinal value, FDA commissioner believes changes are coming for Cannabis at the federal level. 

“Obviously it’s happening at the state level, and I think there’s an inevitably that it’s going to happen at the federal level at some point soon,” Gottlieb said.

This is great news for many advocates of the cannabis plant. The FDA has been instrumental in keeping a plant illegal, while also keeping millions behind bars for possessing a plant. 

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Gottlieb believes his job is to prevent companies from making "untrue" claims about the medical properties of the cannabis plant and products. 

“We do regulate compounds that are making drug claims and we regulate botanical use of marijuana,” the commissioner said in the TV interview. “We have approved compounds derived from marijuana, but there is no demonstrated medical use of botanical marijuana. That’s the bottom line.”

Unironically, the FDA commissioner claims there are zero medical properties from Cannabis, yet the government having approved derived compounds from the plant itself having medical value. Interesting. 

Mostly because the federal government filed a patent  on 4/21/1999 (the day after 4/20, nice): Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

Directly located in the patent literature: "Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases."

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