National Institute on Drug Abuse seeks input on medical marijuana research

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NIDA wants scientists to weigh in on marijuana research.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is requesting information from scientists interested in researching marijuana and cannabinoids found in the plant, according to a recent government notice.

NIDA is seeking information from scientists on which specific marijuana varieties or marijuana-derived products they’re interested in studying.

While “a number of varieties of marijuana with differing constituent profiles” have already been made available for research purposes, the department wants to know if researchers are interested in studying other varieties of cannabis or cannabis products that aren’t currently available to the scientific community, according to the notice.

NIDA will be accepting responses on the matter until Sept. 15, 2016.

It sounds like a promising step for the medical cannabis movement, but not everyone is confident about NIDA’s underlying motivations.

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