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cannabinoid ratios_ but a drug type is still
a drug type.
The result is that we can supply to NIDA
marijuana materials of known composition and
with an absolute history on each specimen.
secondly, we have developed the analysis
process_ and in connection can prepare many
special dose forms of the crude drug for
special research projects.
Dr_ Turner calls this "perhaps the most
significant' accomplishments a feat that led
a marijuana working group sponsored by the
United Nations to recommend in 1974 that the
< Mississippi analytical procedures be used
worldwide as ag_$ans of obtaining uniform
study results. _
Dr. Merritt, during cross-examination, noted the
obvious fact that through simple chemical techniques the
constituents of a marijuana plant can be identified. The
Government, in fact, has done just this at the Triangle Research
2nstitute establishment. 9-// Certainly, _e FDA has disregarded
this variability issue by permitting numerous Phase Ii and
Phase Ill investigations with human subjects.
Even assuming, arguendo that the Government is correct,
the nature of marijuana, itself, solves t/le problem. The drug
has a very high LD_50 level and a very high therapeutic index.
In addition patients can easily determine for themselves the
plant's potency -- for instance its THe content. _-4/ In some it
9// Rebuttal Affidavit of Robert Randall, Exhibit i at 15.
93/ Cross-examination of Dr. John Merritt, Tr. I0_225 & 10-226
(use of gas chromatograph technique produces standardized product>
9_/ Xn 1958, Andrew Well tested confiscated supplies of mari-
juana used in his study on patients who had little difficulty in
Wgauging # the potency of the marijuana cigarette. Affidavit of
Andrew Weil, _I 23_24o
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