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    Updated by German Lopez on May 2, 2014, 6:20 p.m. ET


    This is a big deal: it means the federal government is moving closer and closer to accepting marijuana for research and, potentially, medical purposes. It's worth noting, however, that substantial regulatory barriers remain, even though there is some evidence marijuana can treat some medical conditions better than conventional medicine.


    The nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), which has been pushing the federal government to loosen its restrictions on marijuana, was quick to point out that NIDA still holds a monopoly over marijuana for research. MAPS President Rick Doblin said his organization will continue working to end that monopoly.

    Researchers often complain that, as a result of NIDA's monopoly, they've had to abide to extra regulatory hurdles to conduct medical marijuana research. The process can extend a study's approval by months or even years, on top of the Food and Drug Administration process that medical drug research typically goes through.

    The monopoly also puts medical marijuana in a contradictory legal area: it's legal, at least in some states, for private growers to supply marijuana for medical consumption, but it's not possible for researchers to go to the same private growers to find out if the marijuana is safe for medical consumption in the first place.

    Read more... Also a map of What's the status of marijuana in the United States?

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Fri May 02, 2014 at 05:26:54 PM PDT

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