DEA’s Marijuana Delays Are Costing Americans Jobs, Bipartisan Lawmakers Say

DEA’s Marijuana Delays Are Costing Americans Jobs, Bipartisan Lawmakers Say

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) “expeditiously” finalize rules to license more growers of marijuana to be used in scientific research. They argue that a years-long delay in approvals has not only undermined research objectives but also is stunting job creation for scientists who are interested in studying cannabis. “It is imperative that lawmakers have scientific evidence about potential medical uses, side effects and societal impacts of cannabis to guide policy decisions,” the House members said in letter, which was led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and signed by 10 other lawmakers. “The only way that can occur is if our academic and clinical researchers are permitted to conduct well-controlled, scientific studies on these materials.” “To do so, they must have access to federally compliant cannabis and its chemical constituents in sufficient quantity and quality,” they wrote, adding that, as it stands, only one cannabis manufacturer at the University of Mississippi is federally authorized to cultivate the plant. Studies indicate that the marijuana grown at that site is genetically closer to hemp than cannabis varieties sold at dispensaries in legal states, raising question about applicability of findings from research that relies on it. While DEA has said that it’s in the process of approving additional cultivation facilities, it’s been more than four years since they first announced that applications for more growers would be accepted. In March, the agency proposed a rule change that it said would enable it to approve those…

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