DEA Sued for Not Processing Cannabis Research Cultivator Applications

By TG Branfalt | | December 4, 2020

Dr. Lyle Craker, of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, is suing the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and Acting DEA Administrator Timothy Shea over the federal government’s failure to process cannabis research applications.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) says the administration of President Donald Trump and the DEA have “failed to process more than 30 outstanding license applications for over four years despite administrative guidance; the DEA’s announced plans; and the support of scientists, senators,” and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. Craker is seeking federal approval to cultivate cannabis “to support safe and effective cannabis research,” according to the lawsuit.

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., founder and executive director of MAPS, suggested that had Craker’s initial application in 2001 “been processed appropriately, marijuana medicines would now be available through pharmacies, regardless of state law, with the strict safety protocols and dosing regularity people with compromised immune systems and serious illnesses need.”

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