Obama has eliminated the Public health Service review requirement for those attempting to grow cannabis for the purposes of researching the plant. Created in 1999, the Public Health Service review is a process established by the federal government for those wanting to research cannabis who aren’t directly funded by the government.
The review is so restrictive that even opponents of cannabis law reform have called for it to be eliminated.
“The Obama Administration has actively supported scientific research on whether marijuana or its components can be safe and effective medicine”, says Drug czar spokesman Mario Moreno Zepeda. “Eliminating the Public Health Service review should help facilitate additional research to advance our understanding of both the adverse effects and potential therapeutic uses for marijuana or its components.”
Cannabis is the only schedule 1 controlled substance that’s been subject to the Public Health Service review.