Sessions Admits There ‘May Well Be Some Benefits From Medical Marijuana’

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    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged before a key Senate panel on Wednesday that “there may well be some benefits from medical marijuana” and that it is “perfectly appropriate to study” cannabis. But Sessions was also quick to dismiss a mounting body of evidence that legal marijuana access is associated with reduced opioid issues. Acknowledging that he has seen some research indicating lower overdose deaths in states that allow cannabis in some form and that “science is very important,” the attorney general said he doesn’t “believe that will be sustained in the long run.” Sessions also indicated that the federal government would soon take steps to license more entities to legally grow marijuana for research. “We are moving forward and we will add fairly soon, I believe, the paperwork and reviews will be completed and we will add additional suppliers of marijuana under the controlled circumstances,” he said during an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee. In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration enacted a new policy intended to license more research cultivators, and he agency has reportedly since received at least 25 applications to participate in the new program. But it has not yet acted on any of them and, according to the Washington Post, that is because top Justice Department officials have stepped in to prevent DEA from approving any proposals. In his answers, Sessions indicated that he thought opening up research could put the U.S. at risk of violating international drug treaties. Sessions Admits There ‘May Well Be Some Benefits From Medical Marijuana’

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