House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who in May mocked President Donald Trump over the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, on Friday said cannabis is a “proven” remedy.
Perolsi was asked about the House Democratic majority’s inclusion of a provision in its mammoth $3.4 trillion coronavirus response bill that would benefit the cannabis industry.
“I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this. This is a therapy that has proven successful,” Pelosi said, according to The Hill.
House Democrats are trying to help the cannabis industry, which is legal in many states, by demolishing existing barriers that prevent federally backed banks and insurance companies form working with cannabis businesses.
The federal Controlled Substance Act lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has no legitimate medical purpose. Banks that support businesses dealing with such drugs can face penalties.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California rebuked Pelosi.
“Incredibly irresponsible—Pelosi just doubled down on her $3 trillion dollar cannabis legislation, falsely claiming that it’s a proven therapy for coronavirus. Hey Nancy, let’s focus on the pandemic. Not pot,” he tweeted.
In May, Pelosi had jabbed Trump while downplaying hydroxychloroquine.
“As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say. So, I think it’s not a good idea,” she said then, according to NBC.
She was joined by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said at the time that hydroxychloroquine was “an unproven treatment.”
Meanwhile, hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that has been used for a variety of conditions for six decades, remains controversial for coronavirus treatment.
Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas has announced he will take hydroxychloroquine after testing positive for the coronavirus last week. On Monday, meanwhile, Big Tech giants Facebook, YouTube and Twitter all pulled video of a news conference of doctors in front of the White House praising the drug for coronavirus patients.