"It also said having FDA approval could make people think cigarettes are safe."
If you ask me, anyone stupid enough to believe this after all we know about cigarettes now deserves all the smoking-related diseases they get. It's not the 1930s anymore. The dangers of cigarettes are well documented. Governments continue to dream up insane excuses for changes in legislation. In Ireland right now, for example, carry-out alcohol sales are no longer permitted after 10pm, which is down from 11.30pm. The measure is to "curb underage drinking". If there's any logic there, it's certainly lost on me.
"But the White House threatened to veto the bill, saying it would put an enormous burden on the FDA."
Now, that statement is pure 100% bullshit, the administration is thinking about the millions pour into the Republican campaign war chest.
If only we could sign up marijuana to be approved by the FDA next...