Grassroots Ohioans understands the importance of research & development, and we have included provisions in our amendment that will help identifying new uses and applications of cannabis and industrial hemp. Our amendment states:
“Industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis shall be researched, regulated, and promoted by the State in a manner substantially similar to other agricultural crops. Industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis, in all forms, are hereby removed from Schedule I classification in the State’s Schedule of Controlled Substances on January 1, 2018.”
But why is research important?
Research is important for a variety of reasons, including development of new products, applications and uses for cannabis and cannabis related products. From hemp fiber used in clothing, construction materials and canvass – to the oils used as fuel, lubricants and solvents, cannabis has much potential. Research & development is the catalyst will help identify new products and applications derived from this versatile plant.
Most promising, however, are developments relating to the medical use of cannabis, which appear to be exiting the chrysalis of alternative medicine to mainstream acceptance. Patients with intractable epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis have shown clinical improvements after being treated with cannabis and/or cannabis derivatives. Research has also indicated that those undergoing chemotherapy have experienced reduced treatment side effects after using cannabis. Treatment compliance has also improved in those undergoing Interferon-based combination treatment for hepatitis-C, as well as antiviral treatments for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
Cannabis has also been reported to relieve mild-to-moderately severe chronic pain, fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome.
A new frontier has opened and the medical applications of cannabis and its derivatives are blazing the trail. Empirical research is needed to chart the course through this new territory.
Questions regarding disease-specific efficacy, dosage and adverse interactions with other medications are just a few areas in need of clinical exploration and research will provide the answers to these and many other questions.
Grassroots Ohioans know the importance of medical access as well as the need for research & development.