Here in rural Indiana, as in much of the Midwest, it’s difficult to escape the visual reminder of the ubiquity of corn and soybeans in the American diet. Every morning as I commute to school, I drive by miles and miles of farmland growing little else. One thing you won’t see here is hemp, as the bill to legalize its production for industrial purposes was recently shot down at the behest of our governor, citing the need for “more research.” At least, thanks to our state government, CBD was finally “legalized” this year in the wake of Attorney General Curtis Hill’s decision the previous year that it was “illegal” without a prescription; Hill sent the state police to raid the many health food stores that sold it, seize their property, issue fines, and even arrest at least one person for the possession of CBD oil.
As irony would have it, new research done by one of my own professors, Dr. Thomas Clark of Indiana University in South Bend, indicates that cannabis would be an effective treatment against the nationwide obesity epidemic which is caused by our modern western diet. It’s ironic because the staples of this diet (and a major culprit in the epidemic) — corn and soybeans — are ubiquitous because of government agricultural subsidies. In short, government is not only causing this problem which leads to millions of deaths every year; it’s also standing in the way of an effective treatment option.