While past marijuana opponents like John Boehner are coming around to legal weed, the Food and Drug Administration isn’t likely to recommend that Americans light up a joint anytime soon.
The FDA is reviewing an application from GW Pharmaceuticals Plc for what could become the first-ever medicine derived from a marijuana plant. The drug, which GW Pharma is calling Epidiolex, is made from cannabidiol, or CBD, and comes in a strawberry-flavored oral solution. A panel of outside advisers unanimously recommended last month the drug’s benefits outweigh its risk in treating two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.
The FDA is expected to decide whether to approve the drug by June 27. [Read more @ Bloomberg]