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DEA And FDA Blame Each Other For Marijuana’s Illegal Status, Says Dr. Oz

The daytime TV host says America should completely change its policy on marijuana because ‘it absolutely works.’

Dr. Oz alleged in a new interview that representatives at both the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) want to make cannabis legal. But, according to Dr. Oz, the two agencies point fingers at each other for the continued prohibition of marijuana.

The popular daytime television host also described cannabis as “one of the most underused tools in America.”

“It ought to be used more widely and we can’t even study it that easily because of the way it’s regulated,” said Dr. Oz. “You know what, I called the DEA. They said, ‘We don’t want this to be illegal. Your government ought to change that. But we got to enforce the law.’ I call the FDA that regulates the drugs. They say, ‘We think it ought to be used, but until the DEA says it’s allowed, we can’t let people prescribe it everywhere.’”

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Though Dr. Oz has never smoked marijuana, he claims, he has emerged as an ardent supporter for the plant in scientific and medical contexts. He argued on “Fox & Friends”, a program that has mocked medical marijuana advocates, that cannabis could be America’s exit drug out of the opioid epidemic. He has used his namesake program to discuss Cannabis 101 and the ethics of medical marijuana, as well as discussing the issue on other programs to raise awareness.

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Dr. Oz revealed in the recent interview with Fatman Scoop that a conservation he had with fellow daytime host Montel Williams opened his mind to medical marijuana. Williams suffers from multiple sclerosis and uses the plant daily to get out of bed in the morning.

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“Now I’ve seen this helping people with sleep issues, with pain issues for sure, and a lot of people who have serious medical problems getting relief,” said Dr. Oz. “Here’s the thing, you can’t die from it. I’m unaware of any case when anyone has overdosed.”

“We ought to completely change our policy on marijuana,” he added. “It absolutely works.”

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