Another Scientist Sues DEA To Cultivate Marijuana For Research Purposes

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is facing yet another lawsuit over its marijuana policy—with a scientist now urging a federal court to compel the agency to grant his application to produce cannabis for research purposes. In a filing submitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Wednesday, a longtime marijuana researcher backed by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) called on DEA to either approve his application to be a federally registered marijuana cultivator or at least take action on the request so he can appeal if denied. It’s been four years since Lyle Craker of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst submitted the application without hearing back from DEA. And that’s not an unfamiliar story, as the agency has yet to decide on more than 30 proposals to grow cannabis for research purposes in the timeframe. That’s despite the fact that DEA announced in 2016 that it would begin the process of approving additional marijuana cultivators. Currently, there’s just one, at the University of Mississippi, that has held a monopoly on federally authorized cannabis cultivation. Researchers and lawmakers have argued that the quality of the plant grown at that facility is inadequate. Indeed, a study found that its cannabis is more chemically similar to hemp than marijuana sold in state-legal commercial markets. “The medicinal use of marijuana is a public health issue that is vital to the wellbeing, health, and safety of millions of Americans,” the suit states, adding that while the government continues to maintain that cannabis does not have therapeutic value, it has roadblocked research that could prove otherwise. Craker first applied to be registered as a DEA-approved marijuana manufacturer in 2001 but was ultimately denied because, the agency said at the time, it did not have the authority to approve additional…

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