When Congress needs to know the background on a particular issue â€” the history, the arguments on both sides, the facts â€” they turn to the Congressional Research Service. CRS reports are issued on a fairly constant basis on a wide range of issues.
There’s a new one called Medical Marijuana: Review and Analysis of
Federal and State Policies by Mark Eddy, Specialist in Social Policy
It really is worth reading the whole thing. This is a phenomenally good report, going back to the history of medical marijuana use prior to 1937, and following all the major developments. It doesn’t flinch from portraying government interference as unwarranted when true. It covers the Francis Young statement, and the Compassionate IND program, shows the positive polling for medical marijuana, and debunks many of the prohibitionist arguments against medical marijuana.
If Congress actually pays attention to it, we could see some major change. But don’t hold your breath â€” as the report itself notes, Congress’ actions have been more political than science-based in this area.