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DEA dragging its feet on permitting pot research

The Drug Enforcement Administration has not approved any applications to grow marijuana for research purposes since it announced its intention to do so a year ago.

The DEA announced in August 2016 that it would look into approving new facilities to grow pot plants. Since then, 25 applications have been submitted, but a DEA spokeswoman told STAT News on 24 July that all were still under review with no timeline for a decision.

Marijuana is already used to treat a raft of medical problems from chronic pain to anxiety. A total of 29 US states and the District of Columbia allow the drug to be sold to patients with a doctor’s approval. But the federal government still lists it as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that it has no accepted medical use. For years, the DEA has only licensed one facility for growing the plant, in Mississippi. 

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