FDA Head Refuses To Say Whether Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than Tobacco

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The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday dodged a congressman’s question about whether marijuana is more harmful than tobacco. During a hearing on youth vaping that was held by the House Oversight and Reform Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee, Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) asked FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock plainly: “Would you agree that marijuana is a more dangerous product than tobacco?” “I don’t know that a direct comparison has been made,” Woodcock replied. “I cannot answer that question.” Clyde followed up to note that cannabis is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) while tobacco products are legal for adults. He said “I would assume, based on that fact alone, that marijuana is a much more dangerous product than tobacco.” “Well, it depends on the tobacco. I mean, cigarettes are the number one preventable cause of death in the United States,” Woodcock said. “So when you take that figure into account, the fact that marijuana, cannabis, is a Schedule I drug, it’s hard, It’s apples and oranges. There is a great deal of mortality and morbidity from cigarette smoking, and that’s been well-established.” While smoking any combustable product is a health risk, it’s frustrating to advocates that the commissioner was unwilling to acknowledge that federal policy on marijuana is severely at odds with laws on tobacco in a way that doesn’t serve public health interests. If cigarette smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., it stands to reason that the official could at least recognize that marijuana is not “much more dangerous.” In any case, Clyde used the non-response to criticize Democratic colleagues who voted to pass the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act last Congress. “I think if my colleagues were truly concerned about the…

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