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Congressional Briefing To Highlight Need To Fix Research System For Marijuana


congress marijuana sanjay gupta weedOn Thursday, July 23rd Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is hosting a Congressional Briefing with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on federal barriers faced by researchers working to understand the medical uses of marijuana.   The briefing will provide expert testimony on how federal policy has undermined medical marijuana research, the state of  contemporary medical marijuana research and the impact of reform proposals.

Dr. Sue Sisley will present testimony on how federal barriers have directly blocked her research on using marijuana to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including the adverse impacts of the Drug Enforcement Agency licensing only one entity (National Institute on Drug Abuse) to grow the federal research supply of marijuana. Dr. David Casarett, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and author of the recently published book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana will discuss contemporary medical marijuana research.  The final speaker will be John Hudak, fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute and Managing Editor of the FixGov blog. Mr. Hudack will be discussing the often misunderstood impact of moving marijuana to a different schedule classification under the Controlled Substances Act.

“With prominent members of Congress calling for more research on medical marijuana,  it’s time we start hearing from experts about how to make increased medical marijuana research a reality,” said Steph Sherer ASA Executive Director.  ”These experts can tell us first hand how the federal government’s policies undermine research and how reforms like the CARERS act can move this essential medical research in area forward.”

What: Congressional Briefing on Federal Barriers to Medical Marijuana Research
Where: House Cannon Office Building Room 340
When:  Thursday, July 23 10:30am
Who:  Dr. Sue Sisley, Dr. David Casarett, and Brookings Institute Fellow John Hudak

Further information:
ASA Analysis of the CARERS Act
ASA Analysis on the NIDA Monopoly
Text of CARERS Act

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  1. Kathleen Chippi on

    Sue, is it okay that the CO ‘research’ money (8 million) you hope to receive was stolen from patient registry fee’s? You see fee’s can only cover the cost of processing a registry card. The state received an F in the MMJ audit for many reasons and one reason was the state knowingly overcharged sick people opting to register for over a decade–that money was ILLEGALLY collected from sick patients in CO who were simply thinking they would be ‘more legal’ if the opted to register. The money should be returned to everyone who was overcharged…not stolen for out of state ‘research’ that will not add PTSD to our registry. I am sorry Sue has been getting the shaft on her research, but that does not make right the theft of others monies…she should ask the state of CO for some of the A64 tax collections instead of accepting stolen sick peoples.

  2. Kathleen Chippi on

    REMOVING cannabis from the CSA or federal ‘control’ is the ONLY resolve as science, sanity and humanity demand it. NO more WARS on we the people based on LIES.

  3. Would be nice to watch Cannabis be free live on TV or internet. Just say the words. Cannabis is no longer S1. Cannabis is free for the people, they have spoken. We Congress respect your views and voice. We must listen to the people, not big pharma or special interests.

    I can dream right?

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