Medical Marijuana Research Update: January 2005

The Drug-Free America Foundation, Inc. reports on its website on the DEA rejection of the UMass Amherst application for a license to establish a facility to produce marijuana for federally-approved research.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently turned down a research bid from the University of Massachusetts asking to grow their own marijuana for medical research testing. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts complained that the marijuana used for research that is supplied by the government is weak and very difficult to access, which is why they requested permission to grow their own. They need approval from the DEA for this to happen. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved capsulated forms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the active ingredients in marijuana, for cancer and AIDS patients suffering nausea and appetite loss. Proponents of medical excuse marijuana claim that the inhaled form is more effective and contains more active ingredients that aid in the relief of the above mentioned symptoms. However, there is no scientific evidence showing this to be the case. The American Medical Association and every major health organization in the country have rejected marijuana as a medicine. Check out the marijuana section for more information.

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