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Tag: professor lyle craker

DEA Rejects License for Mass. Prof to Grow Pot for Research

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Despite the president’s promise to place science above politics, the DEA issued a final order rejecting a license for a University of Massachusetts, Amherst professor to grow marijuana for federally regulated research.

Just over a decade ago, in June of 2001, Professor Lyle Craker, 70, applied for the license in an effort to “bridge the gap between the 16 states that have legalized medical marijuana through political initiatives and federal policymakers who maintain that there is not enough FDA-regulated research to justify legal access,” according to a press release.

DEA Administrative Law Judge Mary Ellen Bittner recommended the license would be in the public interest on Feb. 12, 2007.

On Jan. 14, 2009, DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart rejected the recommendation. Prof. Craker’s lawyers filed a series of objections; the DEA’s recent rejection was a final order denial. Prof. Craker may appeal in the First Court US Court of Appeals.

A press release from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studiespress, which was funding the professor’s study, stated:

“According to the DEA’s interpretation of the Single Convention, there can be only one legal provider of marijuana for research in the United States, and this role is presently filled by NIDA. ALJ Bittner’s 2007 recommendation, however, concluded that the DEA’s interpretation was flawed. Four other co-signors to the Single Convention—England, Canada, Israel, and the Netherlands—permit the private production of marijuana for research.”