FDA Says Iowa’s Medical Marijuana Law Doesn’t Risk Federal Funds For Academic Institutions


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently assured Iowa officials that academic institutions in the state aren’t at risk of losing agency grants and contracts even if they permit patients to use medical marijuana on their properties in compliance with state law. Under legislation that was enacted last year, Iowa’s Department of Public Health was mandated to reach out to federal agencies inquiring about exemptions for the state’s medical cannabis program when it comes to health and education-related funding. In a June 30 letter, the agency said that while it doesn’t provide grants for long-term health facilities, it does “provide federal grants and contracts to academic institutions.” To that end, FDA said, “to our knowledge, eligibility for such grant or contract funding would not be affected by the circumstances described in your inquiry.” In other words, universities that do allow patients to use medical marijuana, or allow for its administration, under state law, would not lose federal funding through FDA. “If a more specific set of circumstances arises in direct relation to FDA funding, we can further evaluate any potential impacts of the state law you referenced,” the agency said. “If you have not done so already, we recommend you reach out to other federal agencies that may have information that equities in the issues you have raised.” While FDA has provided this assurance for now, many colleges and universities have been reluctant to let patients use medical cannabis regardless of state law because they fear losing separate Department of Education (DOE) funds in light of marijuana’s federally illicit status. Relatedly, the U.S. House of Representatives did pass spending legislation last month that specifically prohibits DOE from withholding funds for universities that conduct research into cannabis. In April, Iowa officials reached out about the issue to FDA, DOE, the Drug…

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