In Congressional testimony on Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proved that he knows little about the science surrounding medical marijuana.
In response to a question from Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer, Rosenstein repeated the canard that the plant lacks any accepted therapeutic utility. “Scientists have found no accepted medical use for it,” he opined.
In fact, scientists with expertise on the subject say just the opposite.
In January, scholars at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a comprehensive review of over 10,000 scientific abstracts specific to cannabis and health. They determined that there exists “conclusive evidence” that cannabis and its constituents are effective for the treatment of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases.
To date, 30 US states authorize the physician-recommended use of marijuana or marijuana-infused products by statute. An additional sixteen states permit patients to access products containing cannabidiol, a specific chemical compound available in the