During my battle to bring medical cannabis to Pennsylvania, I was accused of promoting drug use. Even though I offered statistics, studies and other information to refute these claims, the opposition continued.
At the same time the General Assembly was deliberating medical cannabis, it was also considering bills to expand access to liquor — most notably, beer sales in grocery stores. I continue to find the irony perplexing.
Cannabis is listed by the federal government as a Schedule I drug, which, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, is a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use, and lacks accepted safety even under medical supervision.
No prescriptions can be written for Schedule I substances, and they are not readily available for clinical use. Meanwhile, alcohol is legal, widely available and popular.
The National Institutes of Health, says alcohol can lead to: