Surgeon general: Pot deserves pain treatment study

December 1, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS ” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said medical marijuana should be studied and treated like other pain relief drugs but said he could not favor legalizing its recreational use.

“Under medical marijuana, I believe it should be like any other drug,” Adams said Friday in Indianapolis. “We need to let the FDA vet it, study it, vet it. The FDA has actually approved cannabidiol oil and some derivatives of marijuana, Marijuana is not one substance. It’s actually over 100 different substances, some of which benefit, some of which are harmful.”

Adams, the former Indiana state health commissioner who was sworn in as surgeon general in September, acknowledged that his national post has typically opposed tobacco smoking, a position that fits into his opposition to marijuana for recreational use.

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