Karen Tandy, Administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stated in her article "Marijuana: The Myths Are Killing Us," published in the Mar. 2005 issue of Police Chief Magazine (the official publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police):

“The federal government has approved and continues to approve research into the possible use of marijuana as medicine and any new delivery systems of marijuana’s active ingredients. To quote U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s remarks during the November 2004 Raich oral argument, ‘Medicine by regulation is better than medicine by referendum.’

Proving that the regulatory process does work, DEA has registered every researcher who meets FDA standards to use marijuana in scientific studies. Since 2000, for example, the California-based Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) has gained approval for 14 trials using smoked marijuana in human beings and three trials in laboratory and animal models.”

Mar. 2005