At the close of 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams made a bold move, and called on the federal government to rethink marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I substance.
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Joycelyn Elders was never shy about speaking her mind as she consistently stirred public controversy while serving as surgeon general during her spirited – and short-lived – tenure with President Bill Clinton.
The federal government considers marijuana to have no medical value. But US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Wednesday said "marijuana can be helpful" for some medical conditions and symptoms.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nation's new surgeon general, says that marijuana "can be helpful" for some medical conditions, and wants science to dictate policy on the federally banned substance.
The next surgeon general needs to stop putting politics before science. Sanjay Gupta, Obama's pick, may not be ready for that.