Why the future of marijuana research relies on legalization

For years, advocates have touted the plant’s potential while government agencies and pharmaceutical companies worked to undermine research

For the better part of a century, research around the medicinal properties of marijuana in the US has been stymied by its designation as a Schedule 1 drug. While early evidence suggested that marijuana wasn’t dangerous and could in fact help patients who suffered from a wide range of illnesses, the herb’s legal status has prevented scientists from studying it. However, legalization may finally mean that the benefits of this drug can be studied and capitalized on.

Marijuana was made illegal in the United States as a means to ensure public safety, according to government officials. They stated that a marijuana ban would protect children from the harmful effects of cannabis and keep the streets safer. However, the war on drugs in the U.S. has recently been recognized as a byproduct of racism that continues to this day.

Regardless of the reason behind marijuana’s prohibition, it denied many researchers valuable access to the plant. As such, they were unable to conduct studies around how the plant actually affects users and patients. The little research that had been done was aimed at proving the plant’s harmful properties, and evidence that suggested otherwise was quickly suppressed.

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