It’s Official: Weed Legalization Advocate Could Head Up The FDA

Weed Legalization Advocate Could Head Up The FDAIn December of 2016, Bloomberg News reported that Jim O’Neill, a managing director at Peter Thiel’s Mithril Capital, was being eyed by Donald Trump to serve as the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Now, Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, has confirmed O’Neill is one of the administration’s main picks.

This development may give cannabis legalization activists across the country a reason to celebrate after days of hostility between anti-Trump protesters and supporters of the new Republican president.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, O’Neill has been fighting for weed legalization for years.

The Coalition is known for having helped to legalize the plant in the Golden State.

But O’Neill isn’t the only individual Trump is considering for the role. Spicer also named Balaji Srinivasan, the founder of bitcoin payments company 21 Inc. and Counsyl, a genetic testing company, as a potential pick.

Peter Thiel, who co-founded Paypal, serves as an adviser and transition team member in the current administration, and he has ties to both picks. The investor may have had some influence in bringing up both names for consideration.

Thiel made the news in 2015 for being one of the first major investors to bet on the marijuana industry.

While O’Neill is a vocal supporter of marijuana legalization, he has also advocated for a more lenient FDA. He has discussed the importance of  implementing drastic FDA reforms that would allow people to “start using [drugs], at their own risk.”

Srinivasan is also a harsh critic of the federal government’s approach to the drug industry and has urged his followers on Twitter to stop “[arguing] on Twitter” and start “[building] the future” instead.

See also: Germany Quietly Legalizes Medical Cannabis

O’Neill is a board member at the Seasteading Institute, an organization that works to create new societies at sea — away from current governments.

The institute has been associated with libertarian movements in the past; Patri Friedman, the grandson of free market economist Milton Friedman, was one of its founders.

O’Neill, who serves as the managing director at Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management, also served as principal associate deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.

In 2009, O’Neill demonstrated he was warm to free market ideals, saying that “because there’s not a free market in healthcare, people are suffering very significant health consequences that in a free market they would not suffer.

Embracing the free market, he added, would drive “prices much lower and allow innovation in cheaper delivery of care, both in terms of drugs and devices and better forms of delivery.”

As Bloomberg reported, the FDA “has some of the government’s broadest regulatory authority” and is responsible for “food, drugs, medical devices, dietary supplements, cosmetics and tobacco.

By choosing a libertarian, or at least a libertarian-leaning insider to head the FDA, President Trump may be inviting deregulation into the federal government.

This is a move that could help advocates speaking out against the FDA’s inhumane treatment of individuals willing to go under treatments that haven’t been officially recognized. This includes individuals who use cannabis and other illicit drugs to treat a variety of maladies.

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

You Can Now Buy Weed-Infused Wine In CA – But There’s A Catch

As consumers become more educated on the benefits of marijuana — both recreational and medicinal, it continues to be decriminalized at an increasing pace. So...

Cannabis Takes on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Successfully

You’ve probably read about the positive effects of coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides (TCMs) to produce ketones that energize brain cells in lieu of...

Who Is Trying To Patent Marijuana?

The secret is out: marijuana is medicine. And not to the surprise of the pharmaceutical industry, who is slowly but surely gaining exclusive rights...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

Ancient Paintings of UFO’s from 200 to 15.000 years ago

Ancient Paintings of UFO's Over the past 15,000 years UFOs have been clearly depicted in paintings from all around the world. This video features some...

Out of the Blue

OUT OF THE BLUE is widely considered one of the best documentary films ever made about UFOs and was directed by celebrated filmmakers James...

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

You Can Now Buy Weed-Infused Wine In CA – But There’s A Catch

As consumers become more educated on the benefits of marijuana — both recreational and medicinal, it continues to be decriminalized at an increasing pace. So...

This New Cannabis Capsule is So Powerful It’s Going to Completely Replace All Pain Killers

In places where medical cannabis is legal, opioid abuse and addiction has fallen by 25%, but the government maintain they are stumped as to...

How Cannabis Antitumor Properties Work

Study Sheds Light On How Cannabis Antitumor Properties Work It has become increasingly evident over the years that certain compounds present in cannabis may have...

Government Reports Marijuana Effective in Combating Certain Cancers

In Case You Missed It, Government Confirms And Reports Marijuana Effective in Combating Certain Cancers In a recent report, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part...

Why Coconut Oil Is Better Than the Other Vegetable Oils in Your Pantry

Many people think that cooking oils like corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola are good for their health just because they’re made from vegetables...

Nestle CEO Says He Would Profit More from CA’s Drought if He Could

According to Credo, Nestle CEO Tim Brown was asked in a radio interview recently if the company would consider halting their water extraction from...

How We Can Live In The Clouds Of Venus

It’s hot enough to melt lead, the acid rain will scorch the flesh from your bones – and it’s the perfect place to raise...

Still Unsure About Alien Life? This Settles It!

Are you still not completely convinced that there’s alien life in the universe, let alone on our planet? There’s SO much evidence proving there are...