Stop Blocking Marijuana Research

  Stop Blocking Marijuana Research

Posted by CN Staff on January 07, 2005 at 18:06:30 PT
Source: Oregonian 

The agencies that can give permission to conduct research into medicinal marijuana are most hostile to that research Oregonians have made clear, in elections and in public opinion polling, that they favor careful use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. They also made clear, in the 1998 Ballot Measure 67 and the 2004 Ballot Measure 33, that they are uninterested in going beyond current state law to legalize marijuana for nonmedicinal purposes.
It will be hard for medicinal marijuana to be properly evaluated and applied if legitimate researchers can't get legal supplies for human studies to assess the health effects of the drug and unless versions of the drug can be standardized for sale if recommended by doctors. It is our strong impression that the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is conducting a rear-guard action against useful research efforts. This occurs despite two federal court actions in 2003 that, in effect, affirm that the federal Controlled Substances Act doesn't trump state medical marijuana laws or allow federal agents to revoke the licenses of doctors who legally recommend marijuana. The delay continues also despite U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's recent advice in Ashcroft v. Raich that patients seek Food and Drug Administration approval for marijuana as a medicine. But for the FDA to approve marijuana, researchers would need to test marijuana identical to what would be sold to patients -- from the same source, the same genetic strain and grown under the same conditions. Snipped:Complete Article: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)Published: Friday, January 07, 2005Copyright: 2005 The OregonianContact: letters news.oregonian.comWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:MAPS Angel Raich v. Ashcroft News Hampering Research DEA Won’t Allow Trials Puts Brake on 'Pot' Studies Room To Grow 

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Comment #12 posted by FoM on January 09, 2005 at 10:45:46 PT

Thank you for the emotional support. I do mean what I say too. Because of doing CNews I am constantly evaluating what is happening in the world. I see all these bad things happening but I keep looking for hope and truth and fairness. I was depressed many years of my life and where did it get me? No where! Looking for little beams of light shining thru the clouds makes me keep on smiling.
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Comment #11 posted by afterburner on January 09, 2005 at 10:37:43 PT

Amen FoM
"I want America to be a good and kind and loving country. I don't know if it's too late now but we won't know unless we keep going.""It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."We all need to keep the faith, like FoM does in her work here.Boycott Wal-Mart.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on January 09, 2005 at 07:26:38 PT

It's good to see you. Yes it is a sad state we are in. It isn't hard to think maybe we should all quit and go crawl under a rock and let Bush destroy us and the world but then how would we feel about ourselves? That's what keeps me going. This war on a medicinal plant as good as cannabis has gone on way to long and people's lives have been wrecked over the laws. People have died over the issue of Cannabis at the hands of the police too. I want America to be a good and kind and loving country. I don't know if it's too late now but we won't know unless we keep going.
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Comment #9 posted by Patrick on January 08, 2005 at 23:45:38 PT

Amen FoM
The Madness does need to Stop!
I've understood this prohibition for only 28 years myself. The truth is on our side. Amazing that this is such an issue? We will prevail however and eventually because of the truth. I just hope that I live to enjoy the change. The only thing we have to Fear is not simply Fear itself but the Fear that our government will arrest and incarcerate us for pursuing our own individual happiness and comfort.

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Comment #8 posted by Hope on January 08, 2005 at 18:49:43 PT

New word...for me
that I encountered on an another board. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. 
SYLLABICATION: kak·is·toc·ra·cy 
PRONUNCIATION:  kk-stkr-s, käk- 
NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. kak·is·toc·ra·cies
Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. 
ETYMOLOGY: Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; see caco– + –cracy. 

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Comment #7 posted by FoM on January 08, 2005 at 18:35:04 PT

No not yet. 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on January 08, 2005 at 18:19:51 PT

Guess you haven't heard from him?
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on January 08, 2005 at 18:09:38 PT

"We will win." and "We won't quit."
If I have to be sitting here in a rocking chair...Oh wait! I am!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on January 08, 2005 at 17:54:10 PT

I agree with you. I mentioned we watched Greendale today. It was March of last year that we saw Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform Greendale in Cleveland. I said to my husband look what has happened in the world in the last ten months. I never thought this much bad news could have happened in such a short time. We will win this war on Cannabis. It's hard because of the republicans in control. I just hope that the Supreme Court rules in favor of Angel. If they don't we will find another way. We won't quit. The laws against this medicinal herb are wrong. I see the passion in the ccc list too. They are very focused on cannabis and they are working very hard. What we lack in money we make up in spirit. 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on January 08, 2005 at 17:41:40 PT

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Comment #2 posted by hope on January 08, 2005 at 17:22:49 PT

Another thing that's to be found here at CNews
Grief.And sorrow, pain, bitterness, hurt, injury and death and don't forget, incarceration.It's why we are all here in the first place.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 07, 2005 at 20:04:07 PT

The Madness Needs To Stop
The world is in so much turmoil that cannabis shouldn't even be a concern. It shouldn't be an issue.
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