Last month, there were announcement circulating the Web that got weed smokers excited. The announcement originated from Green Rush Daily that pot users could get paid to be guinea pigs in a cannabis study where they would be paid $3,000 simply to consume tree. The post read:
United States National Research Center (NRC) has been commissioned by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to conduct a medical study for research on the effects of marijuana on the body. “This is one of the first, very promising studies, that will finally reveal the answer of the age old acquisition that marijuana users are ‘Just Lazy’,” said lead researcher Michael Gregory. “It’s an exciting new study that may push the legality of marijuana to all 50 states.” Each participant will be required to stay at the facility for six months, while doing various chores such as cleaning, reading, and watching TV, as they are evaluated by medical staff. Researchers are hoping to gather over 300 recruits into their facilities to begin this study.
There were further substantiations of this claim on The Joint Blog:
Researchers looking to gather over 300 recruits into their facilities before the study begins; these recruits will be paid $3,000 for every week they take part in the study. At the moment, the NRC isn’t accepting new applicants for those wanting to take part in the study, though that’s expected to change in the near future; we’ll update this article when it does.
Unfortunately, cyber myth-buster Snopes has dispelled this rumor, showing that the NIDA has sent out a notice saying that there is no such opportunity. The Joint Blog posted a retraction:
[UPDATE: NIDA has reached out to us to let us know that, in fact, they aren’t currently conducting the above-mentioned study, as has been misreported by a number of media outlets. We apologize for the confusion.]
This just goes to show, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Always look to see if a site has citations or sources to back up any claims they make.