U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is of the opinion that medical marijuana should be studied and treated like other pain relief drugs, but he is not in favor of recreational legalization.
“Under medical marijuana, I believe it should be like any other drug. We need to let the FDA vet it, study it… Marijuana is not one substance. It’s actually over 100 different substances, some of which benefit, some of which are harmful.”
The former Indiana state health commissioner was sworn in as surgeon general in September 2017. The Surgeon General’s office has typically recommended against smoking tobacco, a position that he feels fits into his opposition to marijuana for recreational use.
“How am I going to tell you not to smoke a cigarette but I am going to tell you to pick up a joint? I can’t do it, can’t do it,” he stated at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators