The FDA cried fraud in October, accusing companies in Florida, Colorado and California of illegally selling marijuana-derived products that supposedly could prevent, treat or cure cancer
The advertising claims were unsubstantiated, said the FDA, and the products hadn’t been submitted for approval.
It was a public shaming that also served as a timely buyer-beware message for California, where the sale of marijuana will be expanded from medical purposes to recreational use in January.
With the prospect of big sales just ahead, the cannabis industry has been stressing that marijuana can be highly beneficial not only in health, but wellness.
Some of the claims are true, notably those involving marijuana’s value in treating pain. Physicians began pointing to that benefit long before California voters approved medical marijuana in 1996.
But consumers also are being exposed to ads and testimonials that conflict with the findings of the National Academy of Sciences,