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Why research is biased against pot to focus on its harm and not its benefits

Why research is biased against pot to focus on its harm and not its benefits

By CARL HART
Published: 11 September 2014 12:14 PM
Updated: 12 September 2014 11:15 AM

Is America’s scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs?
That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va.
“Dr. Volkow, your testimony seems to completely disregard lots of other data,” he accused.
Volkow and I were the witnesses, along with a representative from the Food and Drug Administration. Connolly was particularly interested in learning why NIDA and the FDA — both part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — supported so little research into the potential medical uses of marijuana. He appeared exasperated by the focus on drugs’ harmful effects, which “impeded the ability to have legitimate research that could benefit human health.”

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sunday-commentary/20140911-why-research-is-biased-against-pot-and-other-recreational-drugs.ece






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