Did The DEA Really Have A Secret Document That Delayed Cannabis Research?
Recently, scientists working at the Scottsdale Research Institute filed a lawsuit against the DEA, claiming DEA is holding up action on increasing cannabis research. In 2016, the DEA decided to expand marijuana research by allowing additional cultivators. However…
…the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) secretly issued an opinion that interprets international treaty obligations as making it impossible to carry out the 2016 proposed rule while maintaining compliance.
The new rule basically hands over all the authority to the DEA who will now be responsible for and own all cannabis grown by the approved cultivators. The DEA can later sell this to the researchers.
SRI has been working on studies revolving around the use and benefits of marijuana and by studying those who are suffering from PTSD and the like. They believe that the government should be candid in their work and actions and getting to know the scientific truth about medical marijuana use is important.
To solve this, the institution wants the DEA to be held responsible and compensate them as well. At the moment only the University of Mississippi is allowed to cultivate cannabis for researchers, which is generally criticized by scientists for its poor quality and similarity to hemp.
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