#342 Increase Medicinal Marijuana Research

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007
Subject: #342 Increase Medicinal Marijuana Research


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DrugSense FOCUS Alert #342 – Wednesday, 14 February 2007

February 14th is not just Valentines Day, but a day for drug policy
reform activists to feel optimistic about the state of affairs for
reforming failed drug policies, especially those related to medicinal

On Monday, February 12th, the magazine Neurology published a study by
Dr. Donald Abrams, which indicates that smoked marijuana effectively
reduces chronic pain for people living with HIV/AIDS. The study builds
on other international evidence and a 1999 Institute of Medicine
report, “Marijuana and Medicine, Assessing the Science Base.”

See: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?list=type&type=265

Also on Monday, a DEA Administrative Law Judge issued an 87-page
ruling in favor of removing a government obstruction to medicinal
cannabis research in the United States. The decision may lead to Dr.
Lyle Craker of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst being able to
grow high potency medicinal grade marijuana to supply to

See: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v07/n174/a01.html

The Media Awareness Project joins with Americans for Safe Access in
encouraging you to write letters to your local newspapers about both
of the above reports. Please see:


As MAP archives them, articles and opinions will be found at one of
the following links.

http://www.mapinc.org/people/Donald+Abrams (Donald Abrams)

http://www.mapinc.org/people/Lyle+Craker (Lyle Craker)

Thank you for your effort and support.

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