420 with CNW – Bipartisan Lawmakers Urge DEA to Allow Researchers to Study Cannabis from Dispensaries

420 with CNW – Bipartisan Lawmakers Urge DEA to Allow Researchers to Study Cannabis from Dispensaries

On Friday, a bipartisan coalition of legislators from the House and Senate sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting policy amendments, which would allow researchers to use marijuana bought from state-legal dispensaries for their studies on its benefits and risks. The legislators were led by Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). In the letter, they cited federal health agencies’ feedback where they said that research on marijuana is inhibited by the existing restrictions on cannabis. The primary challenge is that there exists only one federally-authorized facility producing research-grade marijuana. Although the DEA said that they are in the process of authorizing more manufacturers, three years have passed since they announced approving more research-grade marijuana growers. The same agency further noted that it is in the process of developing alternative rules for licensing submitted applications. However, the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration released a status quo report that did not address the barriers inhibiting researchers from using marijuana obtained from dispensaries for their research. The letter recommends for the agencies to allow researchers to use marijuana acquired from the state-legal dispensaries. The legislators wrote in their letter that many states have…

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