In the wake of the Trump administration's decision to declare a national emergency for America's opioid crisis, many have questioned why the White House isn't considering medical marijuana as an alternative to the dangerous painkillers. But now several members of Congress are demanding the administration give some answers.
A handful of Congressmen wrote a letter to acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan demanding he answer a series of questions regarding using medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids. The bipartisan authors of the letter noted the many studies showing how medical cannabis reduces opioid abuse and wondered why that research is constantly being ignored by the Trump administration.
In their questions, the legislators asked how the Department of Health and Human Services is studying using medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids, how the Department is working states to collect data on medical marijuana and opioid abuse and whether the Department is committed to using evidence-based policies in regards to medical marijuana, among others.
While it does not appear Hargan's opinions on medical marijuana as a substitute for opioids, we do know that Trump's commission on the issue has vehemently denounced using cannabis as an alternative.
However, Hargan is not likely to be in charge of the Department for much longer as the administration is looking to replace him with a full-time cabinet member. So his response may not be as important as the answers from whoever will replace him.
(h/t Marijuana Moment)