President Joe Biden intends to appoint a new FDA commissioner who has recognized the possible medical uses of marijuana, according to a report by Marijuana Moment on Friday.
- Robert Califf, who had served for a short period as the FDA head under the Obama Administration, has not been highly pronounced about marijuana issues.
- Even at a 2016 federally-organized research forum on cannabis, he acknowledged the various therapeutic uses for the plant and its components and insisted the agency was keen on promoting research and development.
- Califf stated that the agency understood that people had determined various potential uses of marijuana and marijuana-derived products.
- Califf further noted that even though the FDA was yet to determine that botanical marijuana is safe and effective, that did not mean there are not any good uses for it.
The remarks signal that Califf would not be hostile towards the efforts to identify the therapeutic potential uses of cannabis.