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Congressman: Medical Marijuana Can Help Breast Cancer Sufferers

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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.

Photo courtesy of Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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