Washington- Press Secretary Sean Spicer links increase in opioid abuse in the US to recreational marijuana use, hinting at the administration’s true feelings about cannabis use.
The tail-end of 2016 has seen a remarkable change-of-face when it comes to the United States administration’s feelings regarding cannabis and cannabis products. In a recent conference, Spicer has been the masthead of this renewed vigor against the plant, causing cannabis advocates around the country to turn their heads.
“When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people. There’s a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature,” said Spicer.
It’s concerning to see statements erroneously connecting the nation’s opioid problem (prescription opioid painkillers like Oxycodone have killed more than 183,000 Americans since 1999) to a plant with actual medical uses and very little risk. CBD, in particular, has come under fire from the DEA. Ignoring the fact that it specifically does not cause a "high," CBD has been shown time and time again to benefit patients for any number of maladies- from inflammation to cancer management. Will Spicer’s words be the motto going out? We’ll just have to wait and see.