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Cook: Feds’ mixed message on pot

Cook: Feds’ mixed message on pot

December 06, 2014 9:45 am • By EDITH COOK

Here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know: the federal government has grown marijuana in “experimental” plots for many years. Not only that, it supplies the stuff gratis to a handful of patients for medical treatment. Thanks to ailing Robert C. Randall’s efforts four decades ago, the Food and Drug Administration established a program whereby desperately ill patients, if they are persistent and very lucky, may have access to government-grown cannabis.

Which begs the question: what of the thousands who need the treatment but get harassed, or thrown in the slammer on criminal charges, by another tentacle of that same government, the Drug Enforcement Administration?

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