The state needs to fund medical marijuana research

Last week Gov. Rick Scott — back to his old, merciless self — vetoed the legislature’s effort to grant $1.1 million to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

The funds would have been allocated for the purpose of researching medicinal marijuana. It’s a developing form of treatment that could greatly reduce the suffering of millions of people. 

Conversations about marijuana, medicinal or otherwise, tend to drift back and forth between extremes. One camp proclaims the herb is a cure-all for everything from headaches to global warfare, and the other camp insists the widespread use of marijuana is a symptom of our society’s decaying moral fiber. 

Despite cannabis being a divisive and mystified topic in the Western world, credible scientific literature suggests that cannabinoids, the chemical compounds found in marijuana, could have unprecedented applications in medicine.

This sentiment is shared by the nation’s leading medical institutions. 

According to a scientific review

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