Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Feds digging for marijuana dirt

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

CompleteColorado.com has obtained an e-mail from Dr. Kevin Sabet at the Office of National Drug Control Policy to Ned Colange, Colorado's chief medical officer, requesting "criminal statistics data that are directly connected to medical marijuana dispensaries." (See below for the e-mail in its entirety, or click here).

The data may be for a specific state or nation wide; either would be greatly appreciated. However, since we have had some difficulty finding good data, I would just like to add that the data must be specific and verifiable. Dr. Sabet would also be interested in any information regarding the number or percentage of physicians in any state or nation wide that recommend medical marijuana.

Mason Tvert, executive director of marijuana advocacy group SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), finds the e-mail suspicious.

First, why is the Drug Czar's office even asking these questions? If the Obama Administration's policy is to refrain from meddling in state medical marijuana laws and industries, why is it spending time and resources on this? Don't they have more important things to be studying at a time when budgets are being slashed due to an economic crisis?

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