Merry Jane Reports
Although Adams’ support of MMJ research is surprisingly forward-thinking for a member of the Trump administration, he still expressed reservations about potential risks of cannabis use. “Marijuana is not one substance,” he said. “It’s actually over 100 different substances, some of which benefit, some of which are harmful.” Research on every individual substance that comprises cannabis is still in its early days, but to date, there is not a lot of evidence to support the claim that any one specific cannabinoid is more harmful than others.
Adams also said that he opposed the smoking of cannabis, noting that the Surgeon General’s office has traditionally opposed cigarette smoking. “How am I going to tell you not to smoke a cigarette but I am going to tell you to pick up a joint? I can’t do it, can’t do it,” he said, according to the News and Tribune. “I don’t want 10 years down the road where we’re seeing an epidemic of lung cancer among folks who are smoking medical marijuana.”
Medical cannabis can, of course, be consumed in a number of ways that do not not require smoking, and several states that have legalized MMJ explicitly prohibit products that necessitate smoking.