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 members of the California Legislature wanted the Panel to create
 a wholely intrastate program of medical access to marijuana_ .a
 ,_,._ program devoid of complicating federal involvements. One central_
 element in this approach involved avoiding the federal marijuana
 supply system run by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Under
 this approach, California would utilize .internal sources of
 marijuana. The Panel strongly opposed _e use of confiscated
 stocks of marijuana because of potency and other complications°
 i_._ According to the Panel Uthe most reliable source of research
 grade or medical grade marijuana has been the National Institute
 on Drug Abuse .... m2_2_/
 In discussing the need for such a program, the Panel
 group stated:
 [A] state-wide pilot project was prompted by
 the absence of a truly effective drug to
 control the nausea and vomiting of cancer
 chemotherapy, and the promise of improved
 results offered by Cannabis .... State
 sponsored trails were deemed necessary
 because marijuana is a Schedule I controlled
 261/ (...continued)
 marijuana research projects invoiving
 glaucomas asthma and cancer patients. For
 example, prior to the introductions of SB 184
 the Panel had approved five separate research
 projects employing marijuana and/or THC
 involving as many as 500 cancer patients
 suffering from severe nausea or vomiting from
 the cancer treatments.
 ACT Official State Reports_ Vol. I, Exhibit I, Tenth Annual
 Report for 1979 to the Governor & Legislaturer California
 Research Advisory Panel (nCRAPH)r San Francisco, 1980, at 4.
 Despite this impressive record, the California legislature, by
 its enactment of S.B. 184_ determined the Panel's previous
 marijuana research efforts, however laudatory, were inadequate to
 the immediate needs of seriously ill Californians.
 _62/ /_. at 5.

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