Marijuana Research Stalled by Federal Law

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on December 4, 2014 · 0 comments

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Thirteen states have already decriminalized marijuana use for medical purposes, and laws are on the ballots in many others. However, scientists still face major hurdles in researching marijuana’s effectiveness on many conditions due to the face that it is sill classified by the DEA as a schedule I drug.


Schedule I classification means that marijuana is grouped in with drugs like LSD, cocaine and heroine, highly addictive, dangerous substances with a high potential for abuse and no known medical application. The categorization means that it’s hard to for scientists to study potential therapeutic applications of marijuana, and it’s largely up to patients who have run out of hope to run their own experiments with the drug’s effectiveness in treating things like depression, anxiety, cancer, PTSD and seizures.


The stigma around marijuana research is so high that a researcher at the University of Arizona was fired for her persistence in securing funds to study marijuana’s effectiveness in treating veterans with PTSD, a study that was backed by veteran’s groups.


But a shift may be on the horizon. In May, the DEA approved an increase of government production of marijuana for research purposes from 21,000 grams to 650,000 grams, and President Obama has indicated that federal laws on marijuana will be used to prosecute drug traffickers, not individual medical marijuana users. But until medical marijuana is reclassified, marijuana users still have to be cautious with their purchase, use and storage of the drug and related items, since even in states where marijuana is legal, federal laws allow police to search and detain anyone in possession of marijuana in any form.


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