The US Government Just Inched Closer To Recognizing Marijuana As Medicine

The U.S. government inched closer to recognizing marijuana as medicine earlier this month when a federal research organization changed its tune on cannabis. The National Institute on Drug Abuse - which controls cannabis research in America - offered a more progressive stance on medical marijuana in a recent update to its webpage.

The title of the NIDA website's section on medical marijuana has been changed from 'Is Marijuana Medicine?' to 'Marijuana as Medicine,' a subtle revision that essentially recognizes the medical value - or at least the medicinal potential of cannabis. The story was first reported by San Francisco-based journalist Chris Roberts.

The revamped site also explains why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't officially recognized marijuana as medicine yet. "So far, researchers haven't conducted enough large-scale clinical trials that show that the benefits of the marijuana plant (as opposed to its cannabinoid...

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