Medical Marijuana

MAPS is currently seeking regulatory approval to conduct a study of smoked and/or vaporized marijuana for symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans of war.

MAPS is the only organization working to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of botanical marijuana as a prescription medicine for specific medical uses to the satisfaction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Our efforts to initiate medical marijuana research have been hindered by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) since our founding in 1986. NIDA's monopoly on the supply of marijuana for research and the DEA's refusal to allow researchers to grow their own has restricted medical marijuana research for decades. For over 12 years, MAPS was involved in legal struggles against the DEA to end this situation.

On March 14, 2014, the U.S. Public Health Service approved our study of smoked or vaporized marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in U.S. veterans. MAPS worked for over 22 years to obtain marijuana for medical marijuana drug development research, and the approval is a historic shift in federal policy. The study is currently on hold pending the availability of marijuana from NIDA (estimated January 2015), and is now seeking funding.

See below for frequently updated information about completed, ongoing, or planned MAPS studies.