Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sessions vs. Reality Allow More Research on Medical Marijuana

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sessions vs. Reality Allow More Research on Medical Marijuana

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration under President Barack Obama launched an effort to begin studying the possible medical uses of marijuana.

Easy call, right? About half of the states have some kind of medical marijuana law in place, even as the uses of marijuana and hemp in the medical field continue to be ambiguous and far from accepted by the entire medical profession.

Under Mr. Obama, the DEA began seeking applications for new marijuana researchers in 2016. The DEA said at the time that it "fully supports expanding research into the potential medical utility of marijuana and its chemical constituents."

According to The Wall Street Journal, at least 26 applications have been submitted and none has been approved or rejected.

The Trump administration, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has expressed strong hostility to the easing of federal enforcement of marijuana laws.

And so far, Mr. Sessions' department has done nothing to advance this research. …

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