Despite growing medical—and recreational—legalization across the country, marijuana as a whole remains illegal under federal law. But how does this impact cannabis research?
The federal government imposes strict regulations on cannabis research. In the long term, these restrictions do more harm than good. Acquiring updated knowledge on cannabis and its many medical benefits is slowed under such totalitarian regulations. This leads to continued public misinformation and even distrust.
If ever there were a time when cannabis trust needed to be resolved, it is now. More states than ever have legalized at least medical marijuana, and more are looking to do so in the near future. The landscape is changing at a breakneck pace. Research only needs to catch up.