Here's a followup on yesterday's post.
Like Dr. Sue Sisley, we never wanted to (and still don't want to) fight the government. We're, like most of you we suspect, lovers at heart.
We only want the government (at all levels) to quit fighting the truth and quit actively harming the quality of life for millions of Americans….
"A scientist in a case that forced the release of a previously 'secret' Justice Department document about federally authorized marijuana research this week is now calling on Congress to urge administrative action to more rapidly expand studies into the therapeutic potential of cannabis.
Sue Sisley of the Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) and attorneys representing them say the DOJ is empowered to waive certain requirements and allow additional researchers to immediately grow their own cannabis for studies without registration under newly proposed regulations or even to obtain products from state-licensed dispensaries, for example.
They want lawmakers’ help pressuring the Trump administration to take advantage of a process they say would not necessarily violate international treaties that federal officials have long cited as a reason they’ve been slow to license new cultivators.
On Wednesday, the Justice Dept’s Office of Legal Counsel disclosed a memo that seemed to have been used by the DEA to justify delaying approval of additional marijuana manufacturers for research purposes beyond the sole legal federal farm that scientists have had to rely on for half a century. That disclosure was the result of a lawsuit filed by SRI last month."
Research matters so much.
This is why we keep challenging the fact that we're still far from even the very unradical law of Prop 2 that was already put on the state's statutes. For about 2 or 3 hours.
"Well behaved women rarely make history."
~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 1976
(often mis-attributed to a number of more famous women)
Go Dr. Sisley, we're so pleased to know you, and we might point that that the same is true of "well-behaved activists." The truth needs to keep coming out.
Like the doctor, we're really very moderate at heart – we know lots of you actually think our positions are too conservative or establishmentarian for the cannabis movement, but after six years of fighting here in one party Utah where nearly all elections are decided by the time the official nominees go on the ballot after the primaries and conventions, i.e., chosen by less than a percent or two of the people, with the election more a coronation ceremony than a real contest…
…and after two years of trying to repair the damage done by the legislature in 2018, we know that however much we might be pushing for more, we're still cutting against the ground of an unhealthy political power structure, so as far as the power brokers are concerned, we can't really stop them from what they're really determined to do, but we're pesky and persistent enough for their retrogressive little hearts with even the modest fixes we (and others) sometimes play a role in brokering.
Sure, we're small potatoes, forever operating on a shoestring and a dream. Think of us as a chihuahua at least occasionally biting some of the ankles that deserve it. We are always working behind the scenes, politely but never wavering in arguing for sanity, the science we know and compassion. And of course if someone(s) ever want to come forward and give us a few hundred thousand to work with, we promise we'll mount a louder fight and aim higher. Just as soon as we'd manage to pick up jaws back up off the floor after the shock…
Otherwise we're still here to keep sharing stories that we try to offer some insight on.
Enjoy the article.
A scientist in a case that forced the release of a previously “secret” Justice Department document about federally authorized marijuana research this week is now calling on Congress to urge administrative action to more rapidly expand studies into the therapeutic potential of cannabis. Sue Sisle…