This sensible, respectful quote from Former Surgeon General Elders is the exact type of statement we should be able to expect from those in positions of power. Her statement is based on scientific evidence showing cannabis can and does relieve the symptoms of multiple diseases such as those Elders describes above. Statements such as these and the evidence that supports them is the exact reason over half of the states have legalized medical marijuana and why well over half the population believes in its legalization.
Because it’s medicine. Medicine that works. Not for everyone and not for everything, sure. But certainly enough so that people ought to be able to decide for themselves whether to consume or not. Let’s keep fighting, not only for cannabis, but for responsible evidence-based statements from our authorities as well.