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Anti-Legalization Group Wants to Overhaul Medical Marijuana Research

In a groundbreaking move for a group of its kind, a leading organization opposed to marijuana legalization released a report Thursday that seeks a major overhaul of marijuana research in the United States, calling on the federal government to recognize the medical value of cannabis.

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), co-founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, called his group’s research recommendations a “third way,” positioning them between the concepts of legalization — which the group continues to oppose — and full prohibition, on a call Thursday.

While calling full legalization of marijuana “dangerous,” Kevin Sabet, president and CEO of SAM, also said that “there are so many things the government could do to offer the seriously ill experimental medications” and help to further marijuana research to potentially unlock its medical potential, without legalizing the plant. [Read more at the Huffington Post]

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