DEA Rejects University of Mass. Request To Grow Medical Marijuana

The US Drug Enforcement Administration has rejected the bid of a UMass Amherst researcher who wants to create the second laboratory in the nation authorized to grow marijuana for medical research.

The ruling released today came nearly two years after a federal administrative law judge recommended that Lyle Craker, a horticultural professor who specializes in medicinal plants, be allowed to grow marijuana for medical research. The DEA decision, which is a final rule not subject to public comment, called the current supply of marijuana for research “adequate and uninterrupted,” and said that a second laboratory would not be in the public interest.

Since 1968, a federally approved laboratory at the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy has grown nearly a hundred varieties of marijuana plants. Access to the plants has been limited to researchers who gain federal permits, and plants from the lab’s farm have been used for clinical studies across the country to test marijuana for treating glaucoma, pain, nausea, and other illnesses.

But some researchers complain that access to the laboratory’s supply is thwarted by a contract the lab holds with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which must approve permits issued by the Food and Drug Administration or the DEA in a process that can take months to complete. Other drugs listed by the DEA as “Schedule 1,” such as heroin and ecstasy, do not require this additional approval for researchers to access them.

Rick Doblin, president of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a Belmont-based drug research group that wants to fund Craker’s marijuana cultivation and sponsored the lawsuit that spurred the administrative law judge’s recommendation in 2007, calls the Mississippi lab a “monopoly.”

Doblin said that his group will now either file another lawsuit or appeal to the incoming Obama administration to reverse the decision. “We’re not giving up,” he said.

Craker, who first applied for the DEA permit in 2001, said he was disappointed that the agency appears to want to limit medicinal marijuana research. “We’ve seen a big upsurge in the use of medicinal plants to treat illnesses,” he said.

DEA spokesman Garrison Courtney said the agency had no additional comment on the decision other than what was written in the ruling.

– Article from The Boston Globe.



  1. AazzTunah on

    The DEA continues to be the biggest impediment, when it comes to doing any meaningful research on Pot.
    Dating back to the greater part of the last century, the DEA and it’s forebears, have been at the center of
    popularizing any and all negative views on Marijuana. They are responsible for the warped and misleading
    myths regarding Marijuana, and have steadfastly blocked any attemps to present the true facts. Over the
    years, the DEA has become entrenched to the extreme, and will never change. It has controlled public opinion
    and National Drug Policy, for way too long now. TIME TO SHUT DOWN THE DEA !!

  2. Joseph on

    The government suppresses marijuana because the findings would lead to the truth that this plant is a cure for cancer and the pharmaceutical company will lose 80% of their profits if this was known go to Google type THC the type cancer hit the enter key you will see that there has been a lot of research done on cancer treatment and they found THC to kill cancer in the studies was always canceled. You have to ask yourself especially if you have a child with cancer and wonder why they would stop research that shows
    Cancer cells dyeing and good cell are left UN harm for what motive to cancel research. Why do you think the Cancer run a thon do not give money to universities that have success with cancer cures.
    Check out DCA drug studies that shrink tumors half the size in one week but they had a hard time to get the money to do the studies they had to rely on private funding were was the terry fox money raisers .
    It is all for profit.
    For prohibition of alcohol was to stop it from being used as a fuel to run the cars. After gas took over
    Prohibition was lifted. Now we drink it but it can run our cars using sugar beets as a fuel. Or hemp.
    TV is suppressed but thank god that the internet is not and if they try to suppress the internet thank god for programmers that can create a door to avoid all that government suppression.