DEA: We Have Not Relaxed Our Policy on Medical Marijuana

The US Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Position on Marijuana 2010” is a hot document. Dated to July, it didn’t really start circulating until this January when activist Ed Rosenthal found his name in it. Since then, the DEA link to the paper is gone, but a Google site search yields the file. Yesterday, the Marijuana Policy Project told supporters that the DEA’s position paper labels the drug law reform group Enemy #1. But that’s just a little bit of the 54-page collection of anecdotal Reefer Madness. Thin on actual research, the little science the DEA cites is biased. The paper almost never discloses the number of patients in a study group, and can’t cite much US research — ironically, because the DEA plays a role in ensuring such studies never get approved. But the paper does relate some sad drug war stories, like the following:

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