Trump Appointing Hashish Advocate for FDA Commissioner?


President Donald Trump has been asserting his nominations for the varied positions in his administration since securing the election in November. A lot of his decisions have sparked concern amongst members of the cannabis trade, however one potential particular person may have the other impact.

Not too long ago, the Trump crew met with two potential candidates for FDA Commissioner, one among whom was Jim O’Neill, the Wall Road Journal studies. O’Neill is a Silicon Valley investor with a historical past of supporting legalization efforts and the authorized cannabis trade as a complete.

O’Neill served as a founding member of the Coalition for Hashish Coverage Reform in 2012, and presently works as managing director for Mithril Capital Administration, a enterprise capital agency that was co-founded by pro-legalization billionaire Peter Thiel. Whereas O’Neill would certainly be an unconventional alternative for FDA Commissioner — he’s primarily an investor and businessman, not a scientist or medical professional — that hasn’t been a stopping issue for President Trump in any of his different nominations.

His consideration for the place was first hinted at in early December but it surely wasn’t till not too long ago that talks between O’Neill and the Trump administration had been confirmed.

Critics of O’Neill say he’s a harmful radical that will decrease restrictions on drug and remedy testing, which may lead to drugs being prescribed to sufferers earlier than they’ve been correctly examined for efficacy. Nonetheless, the FDA’s present restrictions have confirmed detrimental to medical cannabis analysis and product improvement, and loosening these guidelines is one among our greatest bets for getting MMJ merchandise thought of to be a part of mainstream medication.

Many predict that, if confirmed as FDA Commissioner, O’Neill would create an atmosphere that will be friendlier to improvements within the medical subject.

Picture Credit score: Gage Skidmore Graham Abbot


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