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accept a much more limited program than that intended by.the
state legislature. Compassion became secondary as federal
Officials suggested numerous research approaches_ all of which
severely restricted patlent/phys!cian access to the program.
88+ _t did not take long for me to realize Georgia
would not get marijuana for medicine uses _nless pressure could
be brought agalnst the federal agenclem.
89. Shortly after Joining the R_view Board I began
contacting members of the Georgia Congx'esslonal delegation in
Washlngton_ D.C. _ found many of Seor_lla_s Representatives and
Senators had closely followed developments in Georgia and several
expressed a willingness to assist Georgia in dealing with
"increasingly striaent _ederal efforts _:o impose a limited, highly
controlled research program on the stereo
90. I began hearing _rom people in other states_ and
Washington,. D.C. that there was a severe shortage of marijuana.
This helped to explain why federal o_._.clals were so reluctant to
approve several of the _ate programs, includlng Georgia. After
at1, you cannot supply what you do not have,
91, Mews stories from Callforn_a, Mew York and
Michigan also mentioned the possibility of a mevere shortfall in
federal supplies of l_c_t marlj_ana, Some states° like Oregon
and Michigan, began actively Investlgatlng the possibility of
avoiding federal regulations by growlng marijuana %ntras_ate.
However, this proved to be impossible because mar_uana is
controlled by an international treaty. The Treaty requires all
legitimate production be under the di:_ect control of the federa2
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