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Regulation needed in 'anything goes' CBD environment

Regulation needed in 'anything goes' CBD environment

Years ago, I was a leukemia patient and bone marrow transplant recipient confronting an extremely difficult decision: Do I continue down an uncontrolled, life-threatening spiral caused by “wasting syndrome” (persistent and potentially fatal weight loss), or do I try an unproven, unregulated, illegal and potentially toxic approach — cannabis?

My oncologist was reluctant to make a recommendation due to the lack of credible information, not to mention safety and legal concerns. But, as a scientist with decades of experience at both research-based and generic pharmaceutical companies, I chose to roll the dice.

I opted to try “medical” cannabis based on anecdotal reports from my...