Continued Restrictions on Marijuana Research Likely to Leave Foreign Institutions with a Competitive Advantage so long as the federal government continues to classify cannabis as a Schedule I drug.
The media buzz around a possible crackdown is helping to galvanize forces for fighting against prohibition. Raids or “greater enforcement” by the federal government could be the very thing that pushes the nation to end cannabis prohibition once and for all.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared to signal that a federal crackdown on recreational marijuana was looming. Perhaps a showdown between the federal government and the Cannabis industry is inevitable.
The discharge petition may well be the best weapon in the pro-cannabis lawmakers arsenal as there's increasing support to legalize marijuana for medical use. Most Democrats support medical marijuana and there is increasing support among Republicans.
A recent review of the research on medical marijuana released by the National Academy of Sciences calls attention to the most compelling reason behind the drive to legalize: The indisputable health benefits of cannabis.