Lucid Planet Radio with Dr. Kelly: "Weeding" Through the Confusion: Cannabis Policy, Efficacy & Science in 2017 (420 Special with NORML's Pa
April 19, 2017•57 min
As the ldquoHighrdquo Holiday of the Cannabis Calendar 4/20 is upon us, Dr. Kelly invites NORMLrsquos Deputy Director Paul Armentano to share with us his thoughts on the current state of cannabis legalization, policy and scientific efficacy in the US in 2017 What does this year hold for legal cannabis in America Remember that 4-19 is ldquoTake Action Dayrdquo for cannabis reform day, and you can find out more here: norml.org/actWhile more Americans than ever before favor the legalization of both recreational and medical cannabis, and over 30 states currently have legal medical dispensary systems, cannabis remains firmly on the DEArsquos Federal Schedule 1, classified to have ldquono accepted medical value.rdquoAdding to this confusion is our new President and Attorney General offering confusing messages about the plant, and about federal involvement in state sanctioned marijuana programs. Today, Mr. Armentano addresses what he describes as the ldquoignorance and political apathy on the part of lawmakers, and political inertia that continues to maintain this lsquoflat earthrsquo policyrdquo regarding federal legalization and scheduling.But what does the science and research really show Mr. Armentano shares with Dr. Kelly today some of the common misconceptions about cannabis, as well on going research on its public health benefits including helping curb the opiate epidemic. We also discuss a recent literature review of over 10,000 studies on cannabis shows its efficacy in treating conditions like chronic pain, nausea, epilepsy, MS and more. In this interview, we address the political climate including:What does this new administration hold for cannabis legalization over the next yearWhat is the current federal legality of CBDsWill the office of drug czar be abolishedWill state mandated cannabis programs be subject to federal lawWill cannabis ever be removed from Schedule 1, and what will it take for this to happenHow can people get involved at state and federal levels to let their voice be heardPaul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and also serves as a faculty member at Oaksterdam University. His writing and research have appeared in over 750 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies. He is a regulator contributor to TheHill.com as well as to numerous other print and online publications, including Freedom Leaf and Alternet.org. Mr. Armentano is the co-author of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink which has been licensed and translated internationally. His most recent book, The Citizenrsquos Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws 2015, is available from Whitman Publishing.