In a move that brought scathing condemnation from a Florida Republican congressman, the White House’s commission on the opioid epidemic has rejected calls to support medical marijuana as an alternative for pain patients.
The commission “specifically declined to endorse the use of marijuana for pain,” The Washington Post reported.
In addition, the commission’s chair, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, drew parallels between the opioid epidemic and the growing popularity of medical cannabis, a statement that U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-FL, called “outrageous.”
Positive endorsements likely would have led to increased interest in medical marijuana and, possibly, sales