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Thirty Congress Members Want More Access To Marijuana For Research

marijuana science research cannabisNo less than thirty members of the United States Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Urwell on Tuesday demanding an end to the federal monopoly on marijuana research. The letter was signed by Oregon legend, and marijuana reform hero, Earl Blumenauer along with 29 other members of Congress. The letter was sent in an attempt to urge the federal government to allow more marijuana research, which could yield potentially life saving information about marijuana’s medical benefits. The federal government’s official stance is that marijuana has no medical benefit, despite the fact that the federal government supplies medical marijuana every month to four patients.

Per the Huffington Post:

Thirty members of Congress, led by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), H. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Tuesday demanding an end to the federal monopoly on marijuana research so that more studies can be done by scientists around the nation.

“We write to express our support for increasing scientific research on the therapeutic risks and benefits of marijuana,” the letter reads. “We ask that you take measures to ensure that any non-National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded researcher who has acquired necessary Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Institutional Review Board (IRB), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and appropriate state and local authority approval be able to access marijuana for research at-cost without further review.”

The letter follows a United States House of Representatives vote which passed a bill defunding DEA medical marijuana raids in states that have passed medical marijuana legislation. The bill is currently facing an uphill battle in the United States Senate. The letter from legislators also follows a report released by the Drug Policy Alliance and Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies which blasted the federal government for obstructing marijuana research and fighting all valid attempts to reschedule marijuana.

Click here to see the letter

  • raykaye

    More research? Really? Where has the congress been for …oh…..80 years?

    • Valient

      Research = money (we’re talking hundreds of thousands to millions) for their friends. Amazing how every state needs its own unique research also, right?

      • raykaye

        As I see it, while the government spend millions of dollars to bury anything to do with cannabis, the “underground” has already done it’s research… taking ‘marijuana’ from ditch weed to promising medical strains, over the many years. That’s why we have so many strange-strain names :) But seriously, just imagine… all this good medicine research and not a dime’s worth of government funding, no brew-ha-ha’s, no bungling, no deaths, no scandals, no wars. We have a good underground system and it should be kept that way. But no, all of a sudden, just like baseball cards, the big money folks are already taking over, and the government has already crept in to eff it all up with it’s utterly stupid regulations matching it’s ‘reefer madness’ mentality.

  • Sarijuana

    Good for them, but the should leave the effing DEA out of it, as long as Leonhart is still there.

  • Selfie Jesus

    Doublethink!