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DEA Issues Final Rule For Licensing More Growers Of Marijuana For Research

December 17, 2020

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Thursday revealed a long-awaited final rule aimed at expanding the number of authorized growers of marijuana to be used in scientific research.

In a notice set to be formally published in the Federal Register on Friday, the agency said it made “minor modifications” from the initial proposed rule on licensing cannabis manufacturers it released in March.

DEA responded to numerous public comments it received since then, breaking them down into eight categories: application process and criteria; quality of marijuana; federal agency obligations pertaining to cannabis controls; the meaning of ‘medical cannabis;’ security costs and requirements applicable to the manufacture of marijuana; harvest; cost, pricing and fees of marijuana for DEA registrants and comments outside of the agency’s scope.

Here’s an overview of some of the most notable responses and regulatory amendments in the new DEA filing: 

-Many commenters argued that DEA should not disqualify applicants who’ve grown marijuana in compliance with state law. The agency responded that it is statutorily bound to consider instances where an applicant violated federal law—something that all state-legal marijuana cultivation businesses do—and it would continue to do so. “While the DEA Administrator has discretion to weigh the statutory factors and any one factor need not be dispositive, an applicant’s prior compliance with Federal law is a relevant consideration when determining whether to grant an application for registration,” the notice states.

-Since DEA first announced in 2016 that it would be expanding the number of marijuana cultivators, it received more than 30 applications but has yet to act on them. (This has led to several lawsuits, with scientists pushing the courts to mandate that the agency respond.) DEA said in the final rule that it would be prioritizing those applications before moving on to review new ones.

-The agency rejected pushback on the proposed rule’s provisions that specifically exempt it from liability for marijuana that’s damaged or destroyed under its possession. But DEA stressed that it only handles cannabis for a short time and it will maintain the statute of non-liability in order to “avoid costly and unnecessary disputes.”

-DEA said it would not be taking special steps to “ensure diversity and inclusion of minority applicants.” The agency said it “gives all applicants equal treatment regardless of the gender, race, socioeconomic status, or disabled status of the applicant.”

-DEA said that multiple factors mean that it cannot significantly streamline the process of approving applications to become cannabis manufacturers for studies, despite the multiple requests it received. However, it did pledge to provide notice that an application was received within 90 days of its accepted filing.

The above is a brief overview of some of the more significant responses contained in the 70-page final rule, and this story will be updated.

The release of these finalized regulations comes as both the House and Senate have recently passed bills to promote marijuana research. The goal of those pieces of legislation is similarly to streamline the process for researchers and expand access to cannabis for studies while mandating the DEA license additional growers by specific deadlines.

Read the DEA final rule on expanding marijuana research below: 

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Kyle Jaeger, KahliBuds, 420GrowLife

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