Why UCANX: DEA says it will expand marijuana research, ending years of delay. Two days before a deadline to respond to a lawsuit brought by researchers, the Drug Enforcement Administration filed a notice in the Federal Register acknowledging dozens of applications from potential growers. DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon said the agency is "making progress in the program to register additional marijuana growers for federally authorized research, and will work with other relevant federal agencies to expedite the necessary next steps."
The DEA said it plans to propose new regulations for growers before making a determination about pending applications. Attorney General William Barr welcomed the move, saying he is "pleased that DEA is moving forward with its review of applications for those who seek to grow marijuana legally to support research."
"It looks like they're moving in a very positive direction. However they decide to deal with these applications, the fact that they are acknowledging their interest in promoting and facilitating research into marijuana's medical, potential medical uses, that's fantastic news," said attorney Shane Pennington.