A Republican member of Congress took to the House floor on Thursday to argue in favor of medical marijuana’s benefits for people with breast cancer.
“Cannabis has shown promise in cancer research for over two decades,” Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida said during a brief speech. “There is now conclusive research that shows that cannabis-related compounds have anti-tumor properties. Yet despite these findings, scientists are going too slow. It is time for cannabis research to begin and we should declassify it as a Schedule I drug.”
“I wish I was a brilliant scientist and could develop a cure. I wish I was a magician and could wave a magic wand and cure breast cancer,” Gaetz said. “But I’m just a member of Congress. And actually there are things this Congress could do to make breast cancer less likely, less deadly and less painful.
Gaetz, who is sponsoring legislation to reclassify marijuana under federal law, cited research indicating that cannabis compounds can help fight malignant forms of breast cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Congressman Gaetz Delivers Speech on Cancer & Cannabis
— RepMattGaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 5, 2017
Photo courtesy of Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office.