Petition demands better data on medical marijuana 

FAIRBANKS — A legal request has also been filed with the U.S. Department of Justice, “demanding that the DEA immediately update misinformation about cannabis,” the group stated in a news release last week. 

“The DEA has admitted that cannabis is not a gateway drug and does not cause long-term brain damage, psychosis, and other alleged harms, yet they continue to obfuscate the truth,” said Beth Collins, senior director of Government Relations and External Affairs for Americans for Safe Access. “This misinformation affects the decisions elected officials make about cannabis, meaning that our government has been legislating on behalf of millions of medical cannabis patients using false information for years.”

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