Federal Marijuana Monopoly Finally Ends As Two Companies Harvest Cannabis Approved By DEA

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The federal monopoly on cannabis manufacturing for research has finally been broken, with two companies telling Marijuana Moment this week that they’ve harvested cannabis with the blessing of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). For more than 50 years, only a single facility at the University of Mississippi has been permitted under a federal agreement to grow marijuana for study purposes. In recent years, DEA said it would be taking steps to end that monopoly and authorize additional manufacturers. Several companies received conditional approvals for their applications in May. Two of those companies—Groff North America Hemplex and the Biopharmaceutical Research Company (BRC)—say they’ve officially received registrations from DEA and have started growing and harvesting plants. But for the time being, they are only approved to grow the crops for internal quality control and calibration purposes, with the intent of later being approved to sell products to DEA to be distributed for clinical research and drug development. In any case, researchers say this development represents a significant step forward, with DEA making initial moves to oversee the production of research-grade cannabis on a scale that hasn’t been seen before. “All of these steps are incremental steps that lead to our production at BRC, and certainly all of our peers in the federally legal cannabis industry,” George Hodgin, CEO of BRC, told Marijuana Moment. “These steps are taking place because of the loud drumbeat of the advocates of the cannabis community over the past decades.” Via BRC. Advocates, lawmakers and health officials alike have been strongly pushing for expanded cannabis research, with many complaining that the current supply of government-grown marijuana for studies is insufficient and that its products are chemically dissimilar from what’s available at dispensaries in state-legal markets. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow told Marijuana Moment that…

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