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True or False: A Federal Study Will Pay You $3,000 a Week to Smoke Weed

Published on December 8, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

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, The Cannabist

Here at The Cannabist, we are regularly reminded of the knowledge and passion that so many of our readers have for this plant — and the high standards our readers hold us to as journalists who are a part of the national conversations surrounding cannabis, legalization, commercialization and normalization.

But there are also the very few moments when we question our readers — if only because they’re reading, believing and sharing news stories that clearly have no grounding in reality.

Like other stories before it — claiming that “marijuana overdoses kill 37 in Colorado on first day of legalization” or “Colorado pot shops are accepting food stamps” or “KFC gets occupational business license to sell marijuana in Colorado restaurants” — a new viral story has tricked many folks.

The gist of the report, which has appeared on more than a dozen websites (cannabis-centric and otherwise), says the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has commissioned comprehensive research on marijuana’s effects on the human body — and that researchers will pay 300 participants $3,000 each for every week of the trial.

I’m guessing we’ve heard from more than 100 of you about this in the last few weeks; you want to know where to apply, how it works, can we help. And the letters continue to roll in — sometimes from longtime readers, sometimes from longtime friends of mine who want to cash in on their own cannabis usage.

But I’m here to tell you, dear readers, that you’re smarter than that. You hold us to high standards in our reporting on serious news, and now we hold you to the same high standards in your reading — and sharing and self-publishing.

Of course the federal government isn’t going to pay you that kind of money to smoke weed. And here’s why.

You’re surely familiar with the current state of cannabis research in the United States. Less than two months ago, respected national think tank the Brookings Institution called out the federal government for the many roadblocks to medical marijuana research, saying: “The federal government is stifling medical research in a rapidly transforming area of public policy that has consequences for public health and public safety. Statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralyzed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area.”

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