DEA Might Start To Issue Cannabis Cultivation Permits In 2021

Currently the University of Mississippi is the lone entity authorized by the Federal Government to grow cannabis for research. After many years of steadfast delay and foot dragging the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency may soon issue licenses to both businesses and institutions to cultivate cannabis for scientists who are doing critical research.

Richard Shain, president of Maridose in Florida is one of about 30 different entities who have applied for the federal cultivation permits. On December 18 the DEA published its final rule to expand the number of federally approved cannabis growers for research from the current grower to at least three to as many as 15. “DEA believes a range of 3 to 15 growers is a reasonable estimate for purposes of this economic analyses with the understanding that the actual number could vary considerably.”

Cannabis advocates along with lawmakers have charged for months that the DEA has been intentionally stalling on expanding medical cannabis research. It’s expected that the incoming Biden administration will be more positively inclined toward the cannabis industry and cannabis research than the Trump administration.

It’ widely believed that greater research into cannabis and its many medical uses could encourage more doctors to suggest medical cannabis and thus encourage greater sales. In December 2020 the U. S. House of Representatives passed HR 3797 which calls for more federally approved growers for cannabis research. Their bill includes language to obtain cannabis through state-legal markets allowing researchers to study the effects of cannabis sold by licensed businesses. The Senate passed similar legislation in a bipartisan vote although their bill relies only on cannabis from the University of Mississippi.

We need additional cannabis growers who work to produce a predictable and consistent product so actual repeatable research of not can be completed. We Can Help!

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