How to get illegal substances for open science study?

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asked Aug 11, 2015 in Open Science by kenorb (425 points)

Is there any possibility of performing open science study on cells by using illegal substances (such as THC or ricin)? If so, what are the requirements on applying for the permit to use it for study/testing purposes? Or what kind of entities can apply for it in either US or UK?



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commented Aug 18, 2015 by kenorb (425 points)
@tomp Based on [this](http://openscience.stackexchange.com/q/38/10), open science projects can be performed by non-scientists, so my understanding is that the project which involve testing on animals doesn't need to be performed by scientists by any way. And if person starts such project, then it's quite obvious he has necessary knowledge. Unless I'm still confused with definition of open science.

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by tomp (215 points)
@kenorb you are confusing open science with public science, I think. "Open science is the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible" (from Wikipedia).

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Daniel Mietchen (1,170 points)
Not sure what you're really after with this question. There are examples like the [LSD Brain Imaging study](https://walacea.com/campaigns/lsd/) where permits to use illegal drugs in research contexts could be obtained, but "how to get" these substances does currently not depend in any way on your research being open, though we would certainly encourage researchers conducting such studies (as well as everyone else) to share their research as widely as possible.

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by tomp (215 points)
I don't think this really relates to open science. Open science, for me anyway, is about sharing scientific outputs openly, not public experimentation without appropriate knowledge.

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by kenorb (425 points)
Related [meta](http://meta.openscience.stackexchange.com/q/50/10) post.

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by kenorb (425 points)
In the way that the results/data from study would be published openly and accessible for all according to defined open science principles.

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Michael (140 points)
@kenorb I don't think it's related. Having an open study does not change the way the authorities treat you. That said, I think that being an independent researcher makes this even harder.

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Thomas (915 points)
How is this related to "open science"?

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