DEA Stymies Science

DEA Stymies Science
Posted by CN Staff on February 21, 2007 at 06:52:43 PT
Source: St. Petersburg Times
Florida -- Disingenuousness is a specialty of the Drug Enforcement Administration when it comes to the issue of medical marijuana.The federal government likes to claim that there is little scientific proof that smoking marijuana is therapeutic and relieves patient suffering. Yet much of the research that legitimate academic and medical scientists have tried to conduct to confirm the anecdotal evidence of marijuana's benefits has been stymied through tight federal supplies of legal marijuana available for testing purposes.
Former DEA Administrator Robert Bonner once told supporters of medical marijuana that they would "serve society better by promoting or sponsoring more legitimate scientific research" rather than using the political process to make it legal. Of course, Bonner knew at the time that it was his agency that had helped block that research.Since 1968, all federally approved scientists have had to get their marijuana from the University of Mississippi, a source that researchers have complained is inadequate in quantity and quality. In 2001, Lyle Craker, a University of Massachusetts professor of plant biology, sought approval to cultivate marijuana for medical study. The agency turned him down, but a DEA administrative law judge ruled this month that it "would be in the public interest" to allow Craker to grow the plants.  Snipped:Complete Article: St. Petersburg Times (FL)Published: February 21, 2007Copyright: 2007 St. Petersburg TimesContact: : Articles & Web Site:MAPS Monopoly on Sale of Research Marijuana May End Growing Debate Miss May Get Competition in Growing
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on February 21, 2007 at 21:49:28 PT
A Couple of Canadian Articles and Some LTEs
CN MB: Drug Profits And The Big Picture, Winnipeg Sun, 
(17 Feb 2007)
 CN MB: PUB LTE: Refreshing Read, Winnipeg Sun, (20 Feb 2007) Jodie Emery, Editor, Cannabis Culture Magazine CN BC: Editorial: You Can Help, Merritt Herald, (14 Feb 2007)
 CN BC: PUB LTE: Tired Of Old Approach, Merritt Herald, (21 Feb 2007)
Stan White CN BC: PUB LTE: It Won't Work, Merritt Herald, (21 Feb 2007)
Matthew M. Elrod CN BC: PUB LTE: Make It Legal, Merritt Herald, (21 Feb 2007) Robert Sharpe, Washington, DC
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Comment #3 posted by mayan on February 21, 2007 at 10:05:41 PT
9/11 Panel Discussion - Tonight!
Sorry, unrelated...9/11 discussion to air on RETN: will air simultaneously here...'s let them know that the world is watching!!!
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on February 21, 2007 at 09:54:15 PT
Physicians for Social Responsibility 
Feb 24 07 PSR Conference: Physicians for Social Responsibility 02:30 PM James Anthony Palo Alto California USA 
 Stanford University; Medical Campus.
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Comment #1 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on February 21, 2007 at 07:32:33 PT
Catch 22 - The Story of Cannabis
You can't have pot without a stamp, but you have to have pot to get a stamp.Hemp is not illegal, but the plant it comes from is.Legal state medical users are federal criminals.You need more research, but you can't do more research.I tried it as a youth and should get to be President, but if you try it as a youth, you should be kicked out of school, lose your job, lose your freedom, have a criminal record, and not even get to vote for President.It's a lot easier for kids to get than sick adults, but sick adults can't get it, because it would make it easy for kids to get.Even in Amsterdam, it's not really legal, though it is.
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