House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday defended including language in a proposed coronavirus relief package that would provide legal protections to banks that service marijuana businesses if enacted.
Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, reiterated her support for the proposed marijuana banking protections while responding to a reporter who argued cannabis is not “directly related” to countering the coronavirus.
“I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this,” Mrs. Pelosi responded. “This is a therapy that has proven successful.”
Mrs. Pelosi did not offer any evidence to corroborate her claim, and no published studies have proven that marijuana is effective at treating COVID-19, the contagious disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The federal government classified marijuana as a prohibited Schedule 1 substance, placing the plant alongside heroin in a category reserve for drugs with no known medical benefit and probe to being abused.
Most states have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana to varying degrees, however, including several that have gone further by permitting adults to possess, use or buy pot for recreational purposes.