Project CBD's Lee: Reclassifying Pot Would Promote Health Research

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 08:36 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Democratic lawmakers want President Barack Obama to change marijuana's classification as a dangerous drug — a move that a leading activist for the legalization of the drug says would enable more research into it.

"It would make it still restricted, as cocaine . . . is still a restricted drug . . . but it would make it easier for scientists and doctors to research it," Martin Lee told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Right now, [research is] almost impossible," he said Tuesday.

Lee is the author of "Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana" and co-founder of Project CBD, a nonprofit, activist think tank that "defends and promotes whole plant cannabis therapeutics."

Marijuana is now lumped in the same category as heroin and ecstasy, which are classified as "schedule 1" controlled substances. They are considered drugs that are routinely abused and have no medical benefits.

Story continues below video.

A group of 17 Democrats and one Republican wrote to Obama saying the current classification wastes law enforcement resources. They cited Obama's recent remark that he sees using marijuana as no more dangerous than drinking alcohol.

"[Researchers] could explore the potential health benefits from marijuana, of which there are significant [ones]," Lee said.

"What they’ve shown in states that have legalized medical marijuana across the board, there is less drunk-driving accidents as a result because people drink less alcohol when more marijuana is available."

See the “Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Erik Paulsen: Obamacare About to Hit Every American

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:41 PM

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen says that every American is about to feel the effects of Obamacare when tax season hits in 2 . . .

FALN Victim's Son: Return 2 Cop Killers Living in Cuba to US

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:45 PM

Two cop killers brazenly living in Cuba must be returned to the United States now that new diplomatic relations have bee . . .

Gordon Chang: NKorea Didn't Act Alone in Cyberattack

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 16:58 PM

North Korea did not act alone in its devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, as President Barack Obama asserted on Fri . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved