Cannabis is one of the most polarizing topics in America. While some wrongly believe that the controversial drug inevitably leads to addiction and criminal activity, others are appalled that millions of Americans have had their lives disrupted by what they see as draconian prohibition rules targeting a benign substance.
With the White House, Senate and Congress in the hands of the Democrats, marijuana policy has become even more of a hot topic. A now-deleted news report from Cannabis & Tech Today stated that even former president Bill Clinton had heard about CBD’s potential as an alternative medicine.
The article was based on a conversation Clinton had at the Impact Forum in Orlando with Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical expert. He was quoted saying that there is some evidence of CBD’s ability to relieve pain. In fact, a large number of CBD users say that they first turned to the cannabinoid to help relieve pain, and a 2019 poll found that 40% of CBD users say they use it for pain relief.
However, the story was taken down after Cannabis & Tech Today was allegedly pressured by the former president’s PR team. An editor from the online publication told Marijuana Moment that while the story, written by journalist Sara Brittany Somerset, was quoted “accurately and live,” the company took it down after Clinton’s public relations team said his comments at the Impact Forum weren’t open to the media.
When asked for a comment, an Impact Forum representative said that the event was private and the organization does not provide audio, video or transcripts. She said that the panel did not give any press authorization to attend and that it could not verify the quotes included in the story or confirm how the content was obtained.
Nonetheless, Cannabis & Tech Today said it didn’t want to retract the story and that it stood by the quotes included in the now-deleted story. However, the publication choose to respect the request from Clinton’s PR team and take the story down. Clinton allegedly said that he’d heard from many people about how low-THC cannabis could help manage chronic pain and that he receives tons of messages about CBD all the time. He said that there was some evidence that CBD with little to no THC has the ability to combat pain.
Clinton’s comments are quite interesting as his administration consistently opposed efforts to reform cannabis policy and even took a stance against medical marijuana, threatening to revoke the prescribing licenses of doctors who recommended state legal medical marijuana.
The change in the views of former POTUS Clinton reflects the growing scientific data contradicting the assertion by the DEA that cannabis and its compounds as contained in the products of state-licensed businesses such as Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB) (OTCQX: RWBYF) have no therapeutic benefit and have a high potential for being abused, hence their current Schedule 1 status. This position is collapsing in the wake of scientific scrutiny.
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