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Former Fda Head Condones Marijuana Decriminalization

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The former FDA commissioner acknowledged there are legitimate reasons to decriminalize marijuana.

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he believes the United States should consider decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.

On a recent appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Gottlieb said he believes decriminalization would help address the criminal justice concerns associated with prohibition.

“People are arrested for possession of marijuana and face sentences that are oftentimes in excess of what they would receive for offenses that I think are far more significant and serious. You do see too many people I think developing significant criminal records for small possession charges of marijuana,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb was responding to a question from a viewer from Washington state, who had called in and said he felt marijuana legalization has made a positive impact in his state.

In his reply, Gottlieb added that he does not back full marijuana legalization and noted that the “discussion [about decriminalization] should be separate from legalization, particularly around recreational use.”

Gottlieb’s opposition to full marijuana legalization is related to the concern that it would make access easier for minors. During his C-SPAN appearance, he said he feels some states might be too permissive in this respect, without naming any specific states.

Gottlieb is specifically concerned about the effects that increases in teen marijuana use might have on youth brain development. However, a recent study published in the respected medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that youth consumption has decreased in states that have legalized recreational use.

Gottlieb said he believes there will be federal cannabis reform in the near future. He foresees a change that makes cannabis more widely available, with restrictions that prohibit youth access.

Source: https://news.medicalmarijuanainc.com/former-fda-head-condones-marijuana-decriminalization/

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