- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy suggested Wednesday that research shows medical marijuana can be helpful for some health conditions and that he looks forward to seeing “where that data takes us.”

“We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms that marijuana can be helpful,” Dr. Murthy said during a Wednesday interview on “CBS This Morning,” The Hill reported.

“So I think we have to use that data to drive policymaking, and I’m very interested to see where that data takes us,” he added.

Dr. Murthy did not explicitly endorse legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes but stated: “My position is we have to see what the science tells us about the efficacy of marijuana, and I think we’re going to get a lot more data on that,” The Hill reported.

Tom Angell, chairman of drug policy reform group Marijuana Majority, cheered Dr. Murthy’s remarks, telling The Huffington Post: “Dr. Murthy’s comments add to a growing consensus in the medical community that marijuana can help people suffering from painful conditions.

“In light of these comments from his top medical adviser, the president should direct the attorney general to immediately begin the process of rescheduling marijuana,” Mr. Angell said.

Dr. Murthy, who succeeded Boris Lushniak as attorney general in December, appears to be easing his position on marijuana.

During his Senate confirmation hearing a year ago, he told lawmakers, “Just like other drugs, I don’t recommend marijuana, and I don’t think it’s a good habit to use marijuana. If I had kids, I would tell them not to use it,” The Hill reported.

 

 

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