July 12, 2011 Agency Lights Up Legal Battle By Declaring Pot Lacks ‘Accepted Medical Use’ | FairWarning
Dr. Igor Grant, a neuropsychiatrist and the director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego, said clinical trials show that marijuana helps with neuropathic pain and muscle spasticity, or tension.
He said the federal government’s position discourages scientists from pursuing research needed to test the drug’s medical effectiveness. “We’re trapped in kind of a vicious cycle here,” he said. “It’s always a danger if the government acts on certain kinds of persuasions or beliefs rather than evidence.”