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[Dec. 13th, 2004|04:08 pm]
Aspects of Criminalization
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DEA Ruling Makes FDA Approval of Medical Marijuana Impossible
by MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT

In a blow to those who have urged medical marijuana advocates to seek FDA approval of marijuana as a prescription drug, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has acted to block the only proposed research project that could lead to marijuana's FDA approval. In its letter to Lyle Craker, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the DEA appeared to slam the door completely shut on the FDA approval process.

Barring favorable action by the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision leaves medical marijuana patients with no hope for protection from arrest for the foreseeable future except through state and federal legislation, officials of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) said today.

On June 25, 2001, Dr. Craker, director of the university's Medicinal Plant Program, filed an application with the DEA for approval to establish a facility that would produce marijuana for FDA-approved research. Currently, all marijuana for research in the U.S. must come from a National Institute on Drug Abuse-contracted farm in Mississippi. NIDA's marijuana has been only inconsistently available to researchers and cannot be used for prescription sale. This makes FDA approval of marijuana effectively impossible unless an alternative source is made available, since testing would need to be done on the same product that is sold to patients.

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Talk Show Host Lobbies in Albany
by BRIAN TAFFE

After 13 years in television and nearly 2,600 shows, Montel Williams wants to meet you. More though, he just wants you to meet him.

Aside from what you know him as: television host, military man, the face of Multiple Sclerosis -- now, you can add political activist to his resume.

"I think that we have been dead wrong about something for about 85 years in this country. And what I think we're dead wrong about is medical marijuana," Williams said.

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