Sidestepping Federal Rules: Washington State Pushes Pot Research Forward

The state has decided to push ahead with its marijuana research, even as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration maintains its archaic stance of keeping cannabis in the same category as heroin. According to scientists, there is simply not enough research going on and the only access to research-grade marijuana is from The University of Mississippi.

“It can take up to two years just to get the federal licenses in the first place, because the process is so long and onerous,” Méndez said.

Why is this important? The simple answer is that there are so many unanswered questions when it comes to cannabis, and the research possibilities are endless.

Tonani… is looking to selectively breed marijuana plants based on the cannabinoids they contain, so she can test whether certain types of cannabinoids are useful for treating various diseases.

Among the questions she wants to answer: “Is there a clinical profile that is best for MS patients, or cancer patients, or helps take away patients’ pain?”

Marco Lopez

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