Medical Marijuana Research Update: August 2005

DEA Administrative Law Judge Mary Ellen Bittner issued a ruling granting the government’s motion to exclude several of our witnesses, Angel Raich and Valerie Corral, and limited the testimony of Dr. Lester Grinspoon, on the grounds that they would have testified about the medical uses of marijuana which was irrelevant to the issue of whether Prof. Craker’s facility would be in the public interest since both sides have stipulated that research is ongoing and can be conducted under current regulations. This seems reasonable to us and in some senses favorable since we don’t need to argue about the scientific research. Judge Bittner rejected the government’s request to exclude our witness, Dr. Irwin Martin, who will testify about how the pharmaceutical drug development process normally takes place, with the sponsor of research selecting and producing the drug to be tested. This also is a reasonable ruling.