Michael J. Fox calls on Congress to legalize medical marijuana 

The actor’s Parkinson’s foundation released a statement last week in support of “increased access to cannabis for medical research”

By Kieran Delamont

2019-10-22

Canadian actor Michael J. Fox has been open about living with Parkinson’s. Now the actor’s foundation is calling on Congress to move forward with legalizing medical marijuana. 

The Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation released a statement last week in support of “increased access to cannabis for medical research.” And urged Congress to “remove barriers that impede safe and legal access to cannabis by medical researchers.”

The foundation, the statement said,  is “working to educate members of Congress… on the importance of access to the Parkinson’s community.”

Cannabis could be a game-changer for those living with the incurable condition. “Marijuana has been shown to attenuate motor and nonmotor signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s,” according to one recent study.

Hopefully, Congress will get its act together and legalize medical marijuana so that people who need it can get it. 

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