A New York Times article, probably in response to the New Jersey medical marijuana law that was passed, is claiming researchers around the country are having a tough time getting funding and clearance from the government in order to test the medicinal benefits of pot. SHOCKING! We always knew Big Brother would prefer to give out tablets of Marinol that don’t work, rather than allow us to just smoke some grass, but it’s a bit disconcerting to see them turn a blind eye to the potential benefits. Read on to find out just what we mean.
It seems there are a variety of scientists and researchers looking to receive access to University of Mississippi, the ONLY government subsidized marijuana plantation in the U.S. “The University of Mississippi has the nation’s only federally approved marijuana plantation.” Not only does the U.S. lack any other grow houses for testing, but there are a variety of loops to go through, and government watch dog groups that make it nearly impossible to receive funding.
If they wish to investigate marijuana, researchers must apply to the National Institute on Drug Abuse to use the Mississippi marijuana and must get approvals from a special Public Health Service panel, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration.
Not only that, “But federal officials have repeatedly failed to act on marijuana research requests in a timely manner or have denied them, according to a 2007 ruling by an administrative law judge at the Drug Enforcement Administration.” An administrative judge is saying this.
The best part Gardiner Harris mentions in the Times article comes in this paragraph (by the way, great name for someone to be writing about medical marijuana right?):
Researchers investigating LSD, Ecstasy and other illegal drugs can use any of a number of suppliers licensed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Dr. Doblin said. And if a researcher wants to use a variety of marijuana that the University of Mississippi does not grow — and there are many with differing medicinal properties — they are out of luck, Dr. Doblin said.
So, there are a multitude of government suppliers for Acid and X, but ONLY the university of Mississippi is allowed to grow marijuana because as Shirley Simpson of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says “‘“We generally do not fund research focused on the potential beneficial medical effects of marijuana.”” Why the hell not? Don’t you want to help people?
Here’s something for our readers to ponder. Here in New York, it’s hard to find acid or ecstasy (shakedown street is the only time it’s easy), but the marijuana trade is flourishing. How then is limiting the number of suppliers helping to crack down on the potential abuse of marijuana growers?
Also, any time you prevent empirical evidence from being gathered, people are just going to look elsewhere. The same thing happened before Roe vs. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court (women were using fuckin’ coat hangers). Maybe that’s an intense analogy, but let’s allow our researchers and scientists to do their jobs, so we have conclusive evidence either for or against medical marijuana. No more bullshit. Let them find out.
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