- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2007

ASSOCIATED PRESS

An administrative law judge, concluding that there is an inadequate supply of marijuana for medical research, has recommended that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) grant a Massachusetts professor’s application to grow the drug in bulk.

Judge Mary Ellen Bittner’s ruling is nonbinding, but officials at the American Civil Liberties Union hope that the recommendation to grant the application of professor Lyle Craker will eventually lead to more research into the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

In June 2001, Mr. Craker submitted an application as a marijuana manufacturer to the DEA. However, the federal government limits the growing of marijuana available for clinical research to one source, the University of Mississippi.

Federal officials said that Mr. Craker’s university, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is free to compete for the next contract to produce research-grade marijuana for the United States, but they said there was no basis to add another producer.

The judge concluded Monday that granting Mr. Craker’s application would be in the public interest.

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