Proponents of “medical marijuana” maintain that the Evil Weed has such great medical utility that not allowing its medical use causes huge amounts of suffering. The strongest evidence against that proposition is the absence of substantial medical use in the countries where recreational cannabis is much less tightly regulated than it is in the United States. I’ve made that argument: “Do Dutch doctors treat MS with marijuana? If not, why not?” (There may be a good answer to that question: that the healers of our tribe prescribe powders and not plants because they don’t want to be confused with the healers of other tribes.)
Now it appears that the Dutch government is ready to allow the sale of cannabis of known potency and cannabinoid profile as a prescription medicine through normal pharmacies. I hope someone is planning to take advantage of the research opportunity this creates. With any luck, we can move the medical marijuana debate from the campaign trail to the clinical laboratory, where it belongs.