Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was appointed U.S. Surgeon General in mid-December, has only talked briefly on marijuana in his short time on post. In February, Murthy looked to science for guidance as he said he was open to medical marijuana as a legitimate medical treatment in his very first television interview.
“My position is that we have to see what the science tells us about the efficacy about marijuana, and I think we’re going to get a lot more data on that,” Murthy told “CBS This Morning.” “We have some preliminary data showing that, for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful, and we have to use that data to drive policy making. And I’m very interested to see where that data takes us.”
Today the still-new Surgeon General will take to Twitter to mark National Public Health Week with a public Q&A. Users on Twitter can ask Murthy public health questions via #AskTheSurgeonGeneral (deadline: 2:30 p.m. ET April 9), and he’ll answer some of the questions with video answers.
Given that Vice founder Shane Smith told U.S. President Barack Obama in mid-March that the “number one question from everyone on the Internet” was about marijuana legalization, we’re guessing some of those same people have similar questions for the nation’s top doctor.
What kinds of marijuana questions are the American public asking Murthy? Most of the questions on Twitter are looking for reform, but a few are asking for the opposite. Here are 15 of the questions — and we’ll find out later what Murthy chooses to answer:
— Isaiah Smith (@Ismithcampaign) April 9, 2015
#AskTheSurgeonGeneral Why is marijuana still schedule I despite the government's clear admission that there are health benefits?
— Randy Bongson (@RandyBongson) April 9, 2015
— Chase Enright (@ChalexTheGreat) April 9, 2015
— Pauline Poysophon (@MDholiday15) April 9, 2015
#AskTheSurgeonGeneral Why is the US not pursuing states that have made Marijuana legal …. It's a problem!!!!
— Mykenzie (@mykenzieali) April 9, 2015
— Niki Humphries (@rockerchick978) April 9, 2015
— Rx MaryJane (Teri) (@rxmaryjane) April 9, 2015
— Sam Arora (@sam_arora) April 9, 2015
#AskTheSurgeonGeneral what are the health risks of Marijuana use?
— Phil Erwitt Girth (@TheKeefBrown) April 9, 2015
Is Marijuana more dangerous Than alcohol #askthesurgeongeneral
— Tettrabyte (@Tettrabyte) April 9, 2015
— Tyler Williams (@tylerwilliamsct) April 9, 2015
Is methamphetamine worse for someone's health than marijuana? #AskTheSurgeonGeneral
— Mike Davis (@mtdzen) April 9, 2015
— Mike Liszewski (@MikeLiszewski) April 9, 2015
— Rachel K. Gillette (@RachelKGillette) April 9, 2015
— Marijuana Majority (@JoinTheMajority) April 9, 2015