The United States federal government says that there is absolutely no medical value to medical marijuana. Even in non-smokeable forms, the plant is still completely illegal under federal law, and classified as having “no accepted medical use.”
Even strains with very low-to-negligible levels of THC have been lumped in.
These strains produce no intoxication, and have been primarily grown for children who are suffering from a number of conditions which science has proven to be effectively treated by cannabis.
But in spite of the positive results seen from cannabis treatment, the federal government continues the prohibition of this plant.
Meanwhile, NBC News reports that the Food and Drug Administration just signed off on allowing the highly-addictive painkiller OxyContin to be used on children ages 11-16.
The new green light was initiated by Connecticut’s , a pharmaceutical company that generates revenue from the sale of these powerful prescription painkillers.
In spite of having a staggering rate of addiction, and being compared to heroin, this drug has the go-ahead from the federal government which seeks to keep marijuana forever classified as harmful and without any medical use.
Marijuana, on the other hand, has an incredibly low rate of addiction, and has never once caused a death in medicinal or recreational users.
Dr. Sharon Hertz, Director of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products for the FDA, claims “We are always concerned about the safety of our children, particularly when they are ill and require medications and when they are in pain.”
Hertz added that “OxyContin is not intended to be the first opioid drug used in pediatric patients, but the data show that changing from another opioid drug to OxyContin is safe if done properly.”
High Times reports that the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documents that “3 out of every 4 pharmaceutical overdose deaths” are due to opioids like oxycodone, or OxyContin.
(Article by Jackson Marciana)