Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Federally Approved Marijuana Research Lacking Despite Apparent Support from Attorney General Sessions
Despite apparent support of federally approved medical marijuana research from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Wall Street Journal reports that none of the 26 applications for approval to grow marijuana for research has moved towards approval in the two years since the Justice Department began accepting the applications.
Currently the only federally approved marijuana grow operation for research lies with the University of Mississippi which has been conducting research on marijuana since 1968.
According to the Journal, both Democrats and Republicans have penned letters urging Sessions to begin moving the applications through approval, but to no avail. The Justice Department's failure to take any action on the 26 applications, it reports, has left both applicants and those hoping to benefit from research on the drug in a realm of uncertainty. "'The federal government allows for multiple entities to produce controlled substances for scientific research all the time. Why should marijuana be any different?' said George Hodgin, a former Navy SEAL who started his own business, Biopharmaceutical Research Company, to conduct such research."
For now, researchers will have to wait patiently while the politics are sorted out.