The first medicine developed straight from pot plants is poised for FDA approval. What would that mean for medical cannabis, legalization, and patients in need?

Paul Tullis, TakePart

he Mayflower in Washington, D.C., is one the capital’s grand old hotels, presenting to Connecticut Avenue a broad, brick facade and an awning festooned with the flags of many nations, as if the king of one of them might drop in at any moment. It regularly hosts meetings and conventions of staid and proper groups like the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and concurrent with a meeting of that organization at the hotel last winter was the first National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference. It was organized to bring together patients, activists, doctors, researchers, business owners in the pot and hemp industries, and others, and included lectures, symposia, and other elements typical of scientific and medical conferences.