Marijuana research: Time to remove regulatory roadblocks – Tribune

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An epidemic of opioid abuse is ravaging the United States. Some see cannabis as part of the solution while others see it as part of the problem. This is just one area in which unbiased scientific research is necessary. But outdated federal legislation is blocking efforts to understand the real benefits and risks of the plant.

There are critical open questions about cannabis that matter in daily life. Let’s look at three scenarios.

Your friend is one of the 1,125,000 people in California who use medical cannabis. He drinks a cannabis tea because it helps him go to sleep. The morning after, he has no aftereffects. One day, police stop him for a random blood THC test. He turns out to be THC positive and loses his driver’s license, even though there is no correlation between blood THC levels

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