2010: “As the National Institute on Drug Abuse, our focus is primarily on the negative consequences of marijuana use,” NIDA spokeswoman Shirley Simson told the Times.
NIDA exercises a near-stranglehold on the research of illegal drugs, overseeing an estimated 85 percent of the world’s research on controlled substances.
5/6/14: A NIDA official said the agency has broadened its definition of marijuana research to include components of the marijuana plant, such as cannabinoids. Currently its funding “well over 100 grants” for marijuana studies. Most of them still focus on the negative impacts of the drug, but as of this year NIDA has funded some 30 studies related to the “therapeutic uses of marijuana.”
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has been responsible for funding most of the studies conducted in the US and many other studies conducted in other countries. In order to receive grant funding and supplies of cannabis, researchers needed to submit study proposals that were designed to discover only its negative or harmful effects. A close review of some of the early studies will show that any positive results were buried or failed to get published and many of the negative reports were based on faulty designs or extreme doses.
3/14/14: National Geographic article
5/8/14: More cannabis from NIDA not all it seems