CALIFORNIA: An unprecedented human trial of vaporized cannabis is set to begin this summer at San Francisco General Hospital, Legalization Nation has learned.
Pending final clearances, SF General Hospital Chief of Hematology and Oncology Dr. Donald Abrams will use government dollars and government-supplied weed to see if cannabis reduces the pain and inflammation associated with sickle-cell disease. Such scientific studies are extremely rare, because of the ongoing federal war on marijuana.
Scientists need government permission and government-grown grass to conduct any research deemed acceptable. Problem is: the US government doesn’t grant that permission, and it almost never coughs up the weed.