Citing the state’s budget crisis, California political leaders said yesterday that there will be no more funding for medical marijuana research even though a new scientific study found that cannabis helps ease debilitating pain experienced by thousands, perhaps millions of Americans. The Chron and the Trib report that clinical trials conducted by the University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research found that medical pot helps relieve pain from muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and certain neurological conditions.
Although the study just confirms what Californians knew fourteen years ago when they legalized medical marijuana, the results had the potential to help tilt the fight for medicinal pot. However, because the state has decided to pull the plug on future cannabis research, the single study, along with two others in progress, may not be enough to alter the federal government’s hysterical and paranoid view that pot is harmful and should remain illegal. As a result, millions of Americans likely will continue to be denied access to a drug that will help ease their pain.