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DEA Opens The Door To Pot Research. Is Legalization Next?

Law360 (May 28, 2021, 3:15 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's recent decision to broaden scientists' access to marijuana for research has the potential to expand knowledge of the drug and help clear a path to the end of federal prohibition.

The DEA's initial approval this month of researchers' years-old applications to grow marijuana marked a potential turning point for scientific knowledge of the plant.

Up until now, researchers in the U.S. have faced extreme restrictions on their ability to access marijuana. Scientists were only allowed to use marijuana grown at the University of Mississippi, which had a contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to...

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