Surgeon General Hints It's Over
An offhand remark by the U.S. Surgeon General may signal that the federal government has abandoned or even reversed its opposition to the medical use, or even medical research, of marijuana. When asked by Gayle King on "CBS This Morning" last week about his opinion regarding medicinal pot, Vivek Murthy, at age 37 the youngest surgeon general in U.S. history, said, “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms marijuana can be helpful. We have to use that data to drive policy making.” When later questioned by the Daily Beast, Murthy commented that, “the Federal Government has and continues to fund research on possible health benefits of marijuana," which explicitly contradicts the government's decades-long prohibition on such research.