Sunday, September 23, 2007

Congress Demands DEA to Allow Private Marijuana Cultivation

(I know, not a great source, but the facts/letter are there)
I think the title's off, as I can't remember the last time Congress took any noticeable action except to continue funding Bush's war and of course the very important issue.
The other thing that's interesting is that it's a slew of Democrats (including John Kerry)...  and Ron Paul.  Just a reminder that whoever our next President is should be willing to work across parties, regardless of whether the solution's along party lines or not ( i.e., if if the official party line seems to be wrong).  I know Paul's not a perfect candidate, but he is a great example of sticking to true principles regardless of perceived political expediency, and that's a trait that should be admired. 

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 I1 substances. (See 21 U.S.C.

$ 823(a)(1); see also 21 C.F.R. 8



As one of your predecessors, DEA Administrator Robert Bonner, stated, "Those who insist that

marijuana has medical uses would serve society better by promoting or sponsoring more

legitimate scientific research, rather than throwing their time, money and rhetoric into lobbying

public relations campaigns and perennial litigation." We urge you to accept Judge Bittner's

recommendation that it would be in the public interest for DEA to grant Prof. Craker's

application for registration as a bulk manufacturer so that such legitimate and privately-funded

scientific research will be conducted.

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