Law: The Potshot That Backfired

Science agency rejects its own study on easing marujuana laws

Like other Washington organizations, the independent National Academy of Sciences often makes a big fuss when one of its panels of experts issues an important report. The N.A.S. president attaches a letter praising the panel's work, and the press is summoned to the academy's auditorium to meet some of the experts and film them for the evening newscasts. That is not the way things went at the N.A.S. last month, however. When the Committee on Substance Abuse and Habitual Behavior turned in its study...

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