1947 - EPILEPSY STUDY
HARRY ANSLINGER’S CONCERN
1.3 – HARRY ANSLINGER ORDERS AN INVESTIGATION
Try as we might, the museum has been unable to find the original letter written by Harry Anslinger to his field agents, expressing his concerns and ordering an investigation into the matter. However we have been able to locate the following (see below) internal letter from the Bureau.
1.4 – A SIMPLE TRANSLATION
Due to the coded language used by Anslinger and his Bureau of Narcotics, the above letter needs some translation:
“Reference is made to your letter of June 16, 1949 regarding the work of Dr. Jean P. Davis of the University of Utah Medical College on the use of marihuana is curing epilepsy, which was mentioned in an article taken from the Salt Lake City Telegram.”TRANSLATION:
With reference to that Medical Study on Cannabis, despite the fact that we at the Bureau are doing everything to deny licensing and permits to do such research. Somehow this one slipped through the cracks and we just found out about a short time ago via a newspaper article.
“Dr. Davis was interviewed and furnished me with twenty copies of her report, as you requested, and these are attached hereto.”TRANSLATION:
As per your instructions and sparing no expense to the taxpayer, we immediately rushed there to talk with the studies authors. Enclosed are some copies of the actual study.
“Dr. Davis advised me that she was assisted in these tests by Dr. Louis P. Goodman, of the Department of Pharmacology, University of Utah College of Medicine and that synthetic marihuana was used. In test No. 122 the preparation used was made by Dr. Roger Adams, Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois, at Urbana, Illinois. In test No. 125A the preparation used was made by Dr. R.K. Richard, Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, Illinois. “TRANSLATION:
Damn it, there is more than one doctor involved in this, as well as a whole University Medical College – That means we wouldn’t be able to just launch a ridicule campaign to discredit her. Too many others involved. However, I got some good news, they didn’t use actual Medical Cannabis but some synthetic stuff. Hurray, we’re off the hook! --- The stuff they were using came from two sources (1) A chemist at Urbana University and (2) Abbott Labs. Both of which will play ball with us.
“Dr. Louis P. Goodman was also interviewed and stated that only synthetic marihuana preparations were used in his tests, while working with Dr. Davis, and their work will not be interrupted in the United Nations Narcotic commission legally prohibits the production of the marihuana plant. ”TRANSLATION:
Talked to a few others over here and don’t worry, this won’t effect our plans to OUTLAW all growth of Cannabis – either for Medical or Industrial purposes.
Nice people, now let's look more into this “synthetic stuff” and where it came from?
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