DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy

Drug Enforcement Administration

Mailstop: AXS

2401 Jefferson Davis Highway

Alexandria, VA 22301


Dear Administrator Tandy,


We, the undersigned, are writing to urge you to accept DEA Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Mary Ellen Bittner's February 12, 2007 Opinion and Recommended Ruling. Judge Bittner concluded that it would be in the public interest for DEA to approve the application from Professor Lyle Craker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, for a DEA Schedule I license as a bulk manufacturer of marijuana. Professor CrakerÕs facility would be privately-funded and would produce marijuana for use exclusively by federally-approved researchers.

At present, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has a monopoly on the production of marijuana for legitimate medical and research purposes in the United States. Judge Bittner found this monopoly to be unjustified, since federal law clearly requires adequate competition in the manufacture of Schedule I and II substances. (See 21 U.S.C. ¤ 823(a)(1); see also 21 C.F.R. ¤ 1301.33(b).)  

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is one of the nation's distinguished research universities, and is highly qualified to manufacture marijuana for legitimate medical and research purposes with effective controls against diversion.


We urge you to accept Judge BittnerÕs recommendation that the DEA grant Prof. Craker's application for registration as a bulk manufacturer.



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