Obama Administration Lifts Restrictions On Marijuana To Aid Medical Research
Now, universities will be able to apply to grow marijuana, which experts say will alleviate the shortage researchers have faced before. However, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency has decided to reaffirm marijuana's classification as a "Schedule I" drug.
The New York Times:
Obama Administration Set To Remove Barrier To Marijuana Research
The Obama administration is planning to remove a major roadblock to marijuana research, officials said Wednesday, potentially spurring broad scientific study of a drug that is being used to treat dozens of diseases in states across the nation despite little rigorous evidence of its effectiveness. The new policy is expected to sharply increase the supply of marijuana available to researchers. (Saint Louis and Apuzzo, 8/10)
The Washington Post:
U.S. Will Affirm Its Prohibition On Medical Marijuana
The government on Thursday will refuse again to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, reaffirming its conclusion that the drug's therapeutic value has not been proved scientifically, according to government officials, and defying a growing clamor to legalize it for the treatment of a variety of conditions. In an announcement scheduled to be in the Federal Register, the Drug Enforcement Administration will turn down requests to remove marijuana from "Schedule I," which classifies it as a drug with "no currently accepted medical use" in the United States and precludes doctors from prescribing it. (Bernstein, 8/10)