An epilepsy medicine for children is the first marijuana-derived drug to receive approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With federal and United Nations marijuana prohibitions wobbling (the UN World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence met in June 2018 in part to reconsider cannabis), this may be the final push pro-legalisation forces need to get cannabis removed from the Controlled Substances Act.
Politicians in the United States like to speak of the slippery slope, the idea that a piece of legislation or a policy that seems innocuous might lead to unintended consequences, i.e. allowing same-sex marriage might lead to polygamy, child molesters marrying kids, or animal lovers marrying pets. A similar expression is the thin end of the wedge.
Marijuana legalisation has been resisted on similar grounds: it will lead to driving under the influence, shooting heroin on the streets or kids using LSD in school playgrounds. That marijuana was ruled by United Nations treaties to be in the first and worst class of drugs – those with no health benefits or safe usages and highly addictive – meant that even medical usages were off limits.
CBD from Hemp
As collateral damage, cannabidiol or CBD – a component of marijuana but one that does not produce a high and contains most of the elements that