Senators are becoming more impatient as each day passes without more resolution
As time passes by and marijuana growing applications are still stuck in the hands of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a group of senators decided to demand some answers from this top federal drug agency. Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a letter signed by several senators was sent to the DEA, as well as the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Department of Health and Human Services. This letter stresses the need to increase the amount and quality of the supply used for research given the fact that more states are already working on plans to legalize either medical or marijuana use.
And this letter comes as no surprise. It’s been more than three years since the DEA made the announcement that it would be taking applications to approve marijuana growers and the process has been nothing but delayed since then. Just recently, in August, the agency said that steps are being taken to make the approvals happen. As the agency seems to be overwhelmed with the number of applications received, the DEA states an alternative rule set needs to be developed before issuing any permits.
This was not an organic announcement of a process that has been going its natural course, the DEA was facing a lawsuit back them from one of the applicants that were demanding an update. So with that information, they disclosed back in August, the lawsuit was dismissed by the court.
This answer was clearly not enough for the senators, since they are requesting “written guidance on how the DEA will make these licenses available to qualified researchers in a timely manner. With an ever-growing number of Americans consulting their doctors about marijuana treatment options for conditions such as chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and terminal illnesses, it is imperative that your agencies make a concerted effort to improve our understanding of cannabis, its potential health benefits, and its health risks,” the lawmakers said in the letter.