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of the Drug Abuse Research Advisory Commtittee (#DARAC _) of the
FDA stated that we know more about marijuana than any other
drug° 8_-/ It is noteworthy t_hat the @overnment affiants in this
proceeding have not alleged a scientifically substantiated
adverse effect from smoking marijuana under medical
i_ supervision _- a fact that does nothing more than confirm
marijuana_s safety. Finally, the government, in this proceedings
takes the position that marijuana is _unsafe_ # because the drug
cannot be standardized, either by dose or chemically. This
argument is frivolous.
Marijuana is, of courses a plant and thus its chemical
composition may vary, depending uponwhat species of cannabis is
grown and under what conditions_ However, the government
produces dose-qualified marijuana cigarettes through NIDA at a
farm in Mississippi. 9_0/ Dr. Merritt noted that the government
bass after lonq practice, produced a standardized product® 9_/
Indeed, Carlton Turner, President Reagan_'s former advisor on
dlrug policy boasted that the governmentes Mississippi Marijuana
farm is growing a standardized product.
The first significant thing we did was to
show that we can grow and produce a good
_' ..... drug_type and a good fiber_type cannabis
plant in Mississippi . . _ We found that
environmental factors do affect the
9__/ (... continued)
...... use of marijuana rather than an exploration of the drug's
potential therapeutic uses°
_/ id. at _ x08.
__I/ Cross-examination of Dr. John Merritt, Tr. i0-225.
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