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August 28, 2015

What Will the FDA Do About Marijuana?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana. The effort is part of a wave of state interest in allowing medical use of the highly controlled substance, while Colorado and Washington have opened up to recreational use of marijuana.

CQ Roll Call’s Melissa Attias examined the impact of the state decisions on the dual food and drug supervision role of the Food and Drug Administration. Any product containing marijuana that is intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat or prevent disease is legally classified as a drug and is subject to FDA regulations.

Industry experts are skeptical that the agency will relax the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which makes marijuana a difficult product to obtain, even for research.  However, observers question how the agency will open up the regulatory process for marijuana’s classification as a food ingredient.

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  1. Popa Luminita

    July 10, 2014
    8:45 a.m.

    Marijuana este un drog ca toate cele recunoscute. Utilizarea ei duce la schizofrenie.Punerea pe piata este un atentat direct la viata fiecarui om. Pe nenorocitii aia din guvernul american le asi da cu polonicul marijuana.Eu am trecut prin infernul dependentei.

  2. Immortal Illumined

    July 10, 2014
    10:53 a.m.

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13
    ENLIGHTENMENT…i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old…i hated gays, immigrants, women’s rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh’s #1 fan….until i smoked marijuana, changed the world….hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women’s rights…you don’t deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL…

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed…

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK (CBD=Can’t Be Done), sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    
Deaths by Guns: Millions
    
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

  3. Immortal Illumined

    July 10, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    the FDA will do absolutely nothing…not until the tobacco boys or someone with $$$ weight tells them to change the rules…as long as cops, big prison, big pharma, big timber, big oil, big alcohol, big tobacco are against marijuana, nothing will happen unless the people take charge

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