An Advocacy Project of IMPACT Network
Call To Action
Science is a pillar of democracy, and unfortunately it is under attack under the Trump Administration. However, scientific progress has been halted and indisputable evidence has been denied in several fields of science for decades on the federal level. One such field is drug policy reform and research on medical benefits of Schedule 1 drugs including marijuana. We need to move forward in these fields, and this anti-science political climate, including silencing of researchers and suppression of publication, is unconstitutional, irrational, and inhumane.
The medical benefits of cannabis are indisputable, with thousands of published studies and may countries legalizing medical cannabis, including Canada, Germany, and Australia. Over half of our own states have legalized medical marijuana, yet our federal government, and particularly the DEA, continue to not only state that it is a harmful and addictive Schedule 1 drug with no medical benefit, but allow prosecution of medical cannabis patients and providers across the country. Sadly, our federal government even owns several patents on cannabinoid medicine, including “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants,” the #6630507 patent.
In response to a federal government that refuses to use science as a foundation for policy, we as scientists vow to fight for transparency and truth in policy creation and review, funding of medical benefits of cannabis research, and descheduling of marijuana and regulation as a nutraceutical. We as Scientists for Legalization (of Cannabis) can no longer be silent and complicit with the “alternative facts “about marijuana presented by the federal government and agencies like the DEA and NIDA, as it is symptomatic of a much bigger problem.
Scientists for Legalization calls on all scientists and scientific associations to promote cannabis legalization and regulation. Cannabis should be safe, effective, accessible, and affordable for all patients. Science should never be silenced. We hold true the following principles:
Together, Scientists for Legalization will do the following:
Join our community of scientists and allies in the United States and across the world to move forward cannabinoid medicine for the benefit of public health and to encourage truth, transparency, and rational policy in our governments.