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Veterans Day Reminder: The Administration is Preventing Promising Research into PTSD Treatment

President Obama cold strip NIDA of their marijuana monopoly and permanently end this Kafkaesque assault on veterans

One of the most significant issues for veterans right now is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), yet the federal government is actively standing in the way of research into promising treatment options.

For several years the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has been trying to run a scientific study on the effects of medical marijuana on PTSD symptom. There is both anecdotal evidence and preliminarily research which indicates it could be very helpful for PTSD.

Back in 2011 the FDA even accepted MAPS protocol design for their study of marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in war veterans, but the study has never been conducted thanks to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). The NIDA has been given a monopoly by the federal government on the production of marijuana for federally approved medical research and they abuse this power to effectively prevent research which could show marijuana has medical benefits. MAPS has been ready to run their study for years but the NIDA has denied them the few grams of approved cannabis they need.

The lack of FDA approved research is used by the DEA to justify their claim that marijuana has no accepted medical use, so it must remain Schedule I and the NIDA should continue have a monopoly over its production. Which in turn allows the NIDA to prevent such research from taking place. It is a bureaucratic catch-22 and our combat veterans are trapped in the middle.

On this Veterans Day the very least President Obama and Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could do is allow this study to move forward and strip NIDA of their marijuana monopoly to permanently end this Kafkaesque assault on veterans, good public policy, and science.

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Veterans Day Reminder: The Administration is Preventing Promising Research into PTSD Treatment

President Obama cold strip NIDA of their marijuana monopoly and permanently end this Kafkaesque assault on veterans

One of the most significant issues for veterans right now is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), yet the federal government is actively standing in the way of research into promising treatment options.

For several years the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has been trying to run a scientific study on the effects of medical marijuana on PTSD symptom. There is both anecdotal evidence and preliminarily research which indicates it could be very helpful for PTSD.

Back in 2011 the FDA even accepted MAPS protocol design for their study of marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in war veterans, but the study has never been conducted thanks to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). The NIDA has been given a monopoly by the federal government on the production of marijuana for federally approved medical research and they abuse this power to effectively prevent research which could show marijuana has medical benefits. MAPS has been ready to run their study for years but the NIDA has denied them the few grams of approved cannabis they need.

The lack of FDA approved research is used by the DEA to justify their claim that marijuana has no accepted medical use, so it must remain Schedule I and the NIDA should continue have a monopoly over its production. Which in turn allows the NIDA to prevent such research from taking place. It is a bureaucratic catch-22 and our combat veterans are trapped in the middle.

On this Veterans Day the very least President Obama and Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could do is allow this study to move forward and strip NIDA of their marijuana monopoly to permanently end this Kafkaesque assault on veterans, good public policy, and science.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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