WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has been joined by a bipartisan group of 26 Senators and Representatives in sending a letter urging President Obama to remove barriers to research on medical marijuana and facilitate new medical research on cannabis and its derivatives.
Gillibrand said that 23 states have passed laws establishing medical cannabis programs and an additional 17 have passed laws regarding the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from cannabis. However, researchers, doctors, and patients in these 40 states are still subject to federal barriers impeding innovation and medical research.
Sen. Gillibrand said that until we have comprehensive scientific research on the medical risks and benefits of cannabis and its derivatives, we will continue to debate this issue on the basis of outdated ideology instead of modern science.