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It circulated all over the Internet; an article claiming that “a National Research Center” is paying people $3,000 to use marijuana for a medical study. The article even went so far as to name-drop legitimate organizations (including NRC) in attempts to make these claims seem credible.
NRC was confused when inquiries began to come through our communication lines, so we decided to look into it. As the state of Colorado has legalized marijuana (medicinal and recreational), perhaps there could be something real about such a study. So we directly contacted the other organization mentioned in the “money for marijuana” article, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The representative at NIDA confirmed that the study, claiming to pay participants money to use marijuana, is a fake, hatched on the Internet.