In completely predictable news, the US Congress actually voted 3 times in a row as to whether they should vote on studying the pain management properties of Marijuana (thc or cbd) as a substitute for addiction to pharmaceutical pain killers.
That's right. They couldn't just vote if they should set up a committee and hire scientists to do research. No, they had to vote on whether they'd vote on the possibility of appointing a committee and doing research.
In reality, it has already been determined that addiction to pharmaceutical pain killers (normally opioids) leads to illegal opioid addiction, which is in direct causality to the massive heroin (an opioid) addiction trend here in the USA.
My stake in all of this ? I have psychiatric and medical conditions that Marijuana can either cure or provide considerable relief. After a couple bad falls and surgeries, I have pain in my spine that is excruciating at times. I also have Crohn's Disease, have a schizo-affective disorder, high anxiety attacks, diabetes and a statistically high risk for glaucoma.
Medicinal Marijuana can reverse the course of Crohn's Disease to the point that it is either cured or, at the very least, goes into remission. Marijuana also breaks the circular mindset common in schizo-affective disorder. Doing that allows the patient a fresh perspective: see new ideas, consider philosophical concepts as a means to develop coping devices, and the inside/outside world as they relate to one another. Next, there is the constant, aching pain in all of the muscles in my body. Point Blank, marijuana can alleviate all of the pain and tension. Finally, while acknowledging that nothing is perfect, all of these remedies are from a 100% natural source.
Medicinal Marijuana is legal in Washington D.C. Marijuana has also been Legalized there, but the plan hasn't been implemented. And of course, the date for implementation keeps getting kicked back. That means that Congress will probably sign the bill into law in the lame duck sessions after the elections are over. One can only hope.