Colorado universities ask feds to ease pot-growing restrictions


THE DENVER POST: The state attorney general requested permission for Colorado’s institutions of higher learning to experiment with the substance.

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THE DENVER POST: The state attorney general requested permission for Colorado’s institutions of higher learning to experiment with the substance.

“Current research is riddled with bias or insufficiencies and often conflict with one another,” reads the letter, written by deputy attorney general David Blake. “It is critical that we be allowed to fill the void of scientific research, and this may only be done with your assistance and cooperation.”

The request is a longshot. While marijuana is, with qualifications, legal in Colorado, it remains illegal under federal law, and getting permission to conduct research on cannabis requires clearing a set of high hurdles — approval from multiple federal agencies and strict requirements on how marijuana must be handled and stored. Researchers that work without the federal government’s blessing risk losing crucial federal funding for their institutions, not to mention possible imprisonment.

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