Jacob Sullum, Senior Editor of Reason magazine, wrote in his July 14, 2003 Reason article "Privatizing Pot":

“Although a few researchers have managed to obtain marijuana from NIDA [National Institute on Drug Abuse], two studies approved by the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] have been rejected by NIDA, and those examples have discouraged other researchers from bothering to apply.

The additional layer of approval, which is not required for any other Schedule I drug, makes an already daunting process even more intimidating.”

July 14, 2003