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Almost a year after the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would consider granting additional licenses to cultivate cannabis for research purposes — and despite drawing 25 applicants so far — the agency has yet to greenlight a new grow operation.

The DEA says it does not have a timeline to approve or deny applications and noted that it is dealing with a new review process. All applicants remain under review and none has been rejected, said Katherine Pfaff, a DEA spokeswoman.

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  • You have covered this topic beautifully I could not possibly add or take away from anything you have just said. It’s indeed corrupt politics ran by a bunch of alcohol abusers

  • This article reeks of shill. The ‘needs more research’ is a resoundingly false and grossly misleading argument. It’s a facade; a run around to never actually get anywhere. Cannabis (which is the proper name of the plant, not ‘marijuana,’ a propoganda phrase and tactic to stigmatize and demonize a benign flower, to make it sound foreign and scary) is one of the most studied and consumed plants for thousands of years, with no deaths or “harmful” effects recorded. It is well established in empirical, traditional medicine.

    Even in recent conventional academia, and even with all this red tape from prohibition, the medical and scientific literature is overwhelming, and it is absurd to claim the research just isn’t there. It’s here, its abroad like in Isreal and so forth, but the sheer number of unbiased/unbought studies show what we already knew and experience first hand without any need of so called ‘experts’ to validate that for us – that cannabis is a medicine. That it’s unquestionably a versatile panacea. That millions get safe and effective relief and remission for their various ailments. Certainly no ‘ifs’ ‘ands’ or ‘hows’ about it for those that suffer horrible debilitating diseases and chronic pain and know only this medicine helps where all those other big pharma pills couldn’t. Where those pills ACTUALLY DO in fact have very real harms and millions are left either dead, addicted or worse off than before or if they had opted for a natural remedy like cannabis instead.

    How about you write about that? The real dangers and systematic harm from pharmaceuticals that are minimally checked for safety by the FDA, or just outright neglect to evaluate the risks, nay report on them at all. Even more atrocious, knowing there are serious risks and likely harms, yet approve the pills anyway. That the studies are fraudulently and outrageously bought and then marketed as safe and legitimate in medical journals and commercials, that it is a common despicable practice. That there are obvious conflicts of interest, corruption, suppression, and revolving door between gov and big pharma. That doctors are basically bribed and dined to prescribe new products. That it is a pandemic, a leading cause of death is from pharmaceuticals or doctor errors. People are being misdiagnosed and over prescribed dangerous stacks of untested synthetics in droves like candy. That the government itself holds and grants patents / rights on the medical applications of synthetic cannabinoids, while somehow simultaneously holding onto the asinine claim that cannabis has no medical value. That marinol, a synthetic thc pharmaceutical is legal to sell and prescribe as medicine even though cannabis isn’t, even though it’s not tolerated by the body like whole plant cannabis is with all the synergistic cannabinoids/terpines. Or how about the pesky fact that alcohol, cigarettes, pills, hell even coffee and fast food are obviously abused very seriously to great detriment, not just ‘potentially,’ yet that is somehow accepted as okay.. such great irony. The truly sad thing is that i could go on, there’s no end to the fuckery and how much we’ve been bamboozled.

    It’s very apparent the whole thing with the DEA is a pr ploy and yet another delay tactic, as is their ‘new review process.’ Just as Nixon censored research that didn’t align with his agenda and fired those that reported the truth.

    My main issue with this article is this.. it tows the establishment line and regurgitates the same old tired crap that something is only legitimate if the self proclaimed experts or officials say it is. They somehow get off on belittling the collective direct experience of millions going back thousands of years, demeaning it by saying it’s ‘self medicating’ (as though we can’t know our own bodies like those “experts” can) or dismissing it as not being rigorous, clinical, or ‘evidence’ based because they think, or want us to think, only they have the final say on it’s legitimacy, only they can research or approve research, only they can find out for you if it can be helpful. Such hubris, such bullshit.

    To suggest in any way that cannabis isnt medicine is despicable. To deny it requires an astounding level of either sadistic dishonesty, absolute ignorance, or sociopathic / apathetic arrogance that dismisses everyone that has suffered from cancer patients to kids with seizures to people with everyday pains.

    • I couldn’t of said it better. We were once a free country. Now the goverment would regulate the air we breath if they could and charge for it. This wonderful plant is also known as gom gods own medicine. How arrogant for mankind to outlaw plants in their natural form. The dea is pretty much worthless accountable to no one it would seem. It’s a greedy goverment agency along with Nida. They see dollor signs and are puppets of a tyrannical regime of politicians and goverment advisors who base their views on personal belief not actual facts I have relatives just like that…

    • If the government is really concerned for our well being, then why are they poisoning our atmosphere, food, water, soil, in general basically everything we use? And why are we the people sitting by and doing nothing? They tried to schedule I Kratom last year. It is a plant related to the coffee plant with many health benefits. It ha been used for thousands of years to treat opiate withdrawal. It works. It is not an opiate. It’s chemistry fools our opiate receptors in our brain to believe that they are full. An addict needs a dose a day for 7 to 10 days and then stop. No they are not then addicted to Kratom. People should know about this miracle plant as well as cannabis. If desperate addicts knew this existed there would be a lot of success and people can easily get there lives back. The government was unable to make it schedule I due to extreme public outcry. Please tell everyone you can about Kratom for opiate addiction. It is legal in most states currently. Imagine having your life back no longer a slave to your addiction. The government wants ignorance, illness, lower population and higher profits. Think for yourselves.

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