DRCNet Activist Guide 8/94

Medical Marijuana Update

The Clinton administration has completed its review of medical uses of marijuana, and disappointly (but predictably) decided to not move marijuana to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act (prescription medicine), nor even re-open the federal government's compassionate IND program closed by the Bush administration. Deputy Secretary for Health Dr. Philip Lee cited "lack of scientific evidence" for both these decisions. The one positive note in Lee's report is an indication that privately funded scientific research into marijuana's medicinal value would be sanctioned.

Tell the following individuals that you don't think the sick should be prosecuted for taking medicine:

The FDA is now willing to approve scientific studies on the medical uses of marijuana, and has approved a study by the American Health Foundation, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (See: Organizations Directory) into the use of marijuana for treating AIDS wasting syndrome. For this study to go forward, the DEA must grant the American Health Foundation a permit to import marijuana of different grades of potency from the Netherlands. The DEA has refused to grant this permit until the Dutch government first issues an export permit, but the Dutch government won't issue an export permit until the DEA has first issued an import permit.

International treaties specify that the import permit can and indeed must be issued before the export permit can be considered. Please ask your legislators to contact the DEA to urge approval of an import permit for FDA approved AIDS research study IND #43,542. You can also contact the DEA yourself:

November 15th is National Medicinal Marijuana Day! Rallies in Washington, DC and other locations nationwide. Sponsored by the Emergency Coalition for Medical Cannabis (ECMC), Cannabis Action Network (CAN), and Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). For more information contact NORML at (202) 483-5500.

Thanks to national NORML and Iowa NORML for the above info.

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