Shereed Elnahal, M.D., Commissioner Of Health, (NJDOH) blasts roadblocks to medical cannabis.
Shereed Elnahal, M.D. once again came out strong this week against the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic. As a cannabis advocate, he has emphasized the struggle that this creates in the medical marijuana industry and most importantly, for patients.
Medical marijuana research faces barriers because of antiquated federal schedule 1 classification, @ShereefElnahal says. The therapeutic benefits certainly exist! #MedMarijuanaTalk @VirtuaHealth pic.twitter.com/Jg3vEFnxES— NJDOH (@NJDeptofHealth) October 11, 2018
The state’s top doc also implied that due to the barriers and misunderstanding of cannabis, medical patients themselves are often more informed than the medical community.
As a Cannabis Advocate
Appointed by Governor Phil Murphy when he first took office, Elnahal has worked diligently to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana (or clinical cannabis) program.
Dr. Elnahal was appointed a White House Fellow by President Obama in 2015. He currently resides in Princeton.
Right now, patients on #medicalmarijuana are more informed about its benefits than the medical community.@GovMurphy and I are trying to change that- and reduce the stigma.— Shereef Elnahal, MD (@ShereefElnahal) October 11, 2018
A pleasure to give a grand rounds lecture to docs at @VirtuaHealth– a packed room eager to learn more! https://t.co/IhXDE8kpN6
New Jersey is on the verge of voting on cannabis legalization and medical expansion, on October 29. Leading Democrats and cannabis advocates believe they have the votes to carry the measures to pass.
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