Strict Rules and a Forced Hand May Result in All Applications to Cultivate Cannabis Rejected – LPC
The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) said that it will review dozens of applications to cultivate cannabis for research purposes. This after many years of delay for some applications – a delay that ended with a court case. Dr. Sue Sisley was frustrated that the University of Mississippi had a monopoly on cannabis research in the US. The head of the Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona challenged the DEA and won.
“I am pleased that DEA is moving forward with its review of applications,” said Attorney General William P. Barr, in a statement. “The Department of Justice will continue to work… to improve research opportunities wherever we can.”
33 Applicants Must Pass Rigorous DEA Review – LPC
However, according to this Forbes article (please click link below), forcing the DEA to review won’t necessarily result in more licences to cultivate cannabis. That’s potentially especially true for Dr. Sisley. There are currently 33 applications and several will be automatically disqualified for previous cannabis involvement. That includes “legal” cannabis companies licensed by a state, since cannabis is still illegal federally. (The US legalized hemp in December 2018.)
The University of Massachusetts and the Hawaii Agriculture Research Institute both want an extract licence. The University of Mississippi, which is already allowed to cultivate cannabis, also wants an extract licence. Non-universities including MMJ Biopharma Cultivation have also applied.
“We meet the public interest requirement evidenced by our filings with the FDA,” said Duane Boise, CEO of MMJ Biopharma Cultivation. His company wants to develop a cannabis-based drug for MS and Huntington’s disease. “We have applied for the DEA bulk manufacturing licence to continue our development of an FDA-approved pharmaceutical.”
The DEA will release new application guidelines for those seeking to process or cultivate cannabis within 30 days. However, Forbes seems to feel that few if any of the current applicants will be successful.
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