Eight Senators Demand Government Speed Up Marijuana Research


Oregon’s two senators, joined by six democratic colleagues, are demanding anew medical marijuana research answers, solutions,  and actions from obstructive federal agencies.

Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, led by Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and along with Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.),  Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent queries to several federal agencies that failed to explain their inaction on cannabis research.

Medical marijuana has been called “a wonder drug” because of its low toxicity (there is no lethal dose) and high effectiveness in dozens of medical and health conditions. Remarkably, cannabis is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-glaucoma, anti-dementia, anti-diabetes, anti-depressant, and anti-tumor agent. Yet federal restriction have allowed almost no study. The little research that was allowed was directed by political correctness and cannabigotry to try to find negative effects.

The action by these senators is actually followup to Senate action last summer demanding that the agencies stop stalling cannabis research. In July, the DEA administrator, ONDCP ‘drug czar’, and HHS head all received from these eight senators a request to work together to end the stifling medical marijuana research roadblocks. Now, these bureaucrats just received fresh inquiries from the Senate due to the inadequate responses to the July request. Senator Warren wrote:

“There are currently numerous federal and state regulatory barriers to researching marijuana.  This regulatory scheme which limits medical marijuana research is outdated and in desperate need of serious and immediate review, and these problems are exacerbated by a lack of coordination between the agencies and states.”

The senators demanded action on several fronts:

  • The supply of marijuana for research purposes.
  • Assessment of marijuana rescheduling.
  • Interagency coordination and research applications.
  • Surveillance and epidemiological studies. 
  • Coordination with states and inter-agency cooperation.

Unfortunately, this Senate prodding of these obstructive bureaucracies was not bipartisan. Surely, at least one Republican could sign on; Rand Paul where are you? Paul, the Kentucky Republican is one of the Senate’s best in terms of criminal justice reform and marijuana policy. He is cosponsor of the ground breaking CARERS Act, which is unfortunately languishing under the repressive thumb of Senate Judiciary Chairman, Chuck Grassley.

Still, this forceful followup by eight powerful senators should show these drug war bureaucrats that the time of unquestioned delays in changing marijuana policy are over.


Don Fitch

Interest in cannabis liberation extends back to the 1960s for Don Fitch. Most of his career has been in high tech and preventive health care, endeavors he continues with Well-Being Skills, focused now on ebook publishing. Don has always followed and contributed to efforts for ending marijuana prohibition. An Oregonian whose vision is endangered by glaucoma, Don has benefited from his state’s 1998 medical cannabis law, and his eyesight is fully preserved. Don has been writing about cannabis and well-being since 2008 in his blog, www.YourBrainOnBliss.com. This site explores the bountiful health benefits stemming from the discovery of the endocannabinoid system and increasingly legal medical cannabis. The impact of these discoveries, and the use of marijuana in prevention and treatment, may be as important to health care as were the microelectronic discoveries Don wrote about in the early ’80s were to our on-going technological revolution. His major goal, still frustrated after decades, is to see cannabis down-scheduled from Schedule I at the federal level. For fun, Don flies paragliders and travels.