Lack of Federal Approval To Study Marijuana Leaves Researchers In The Dark

In the last six years, a “green wave” has been sweeping across the nation as states throughout the country continue to loosen the rules surrounding marijuana. In an era where consumers in California can pick up half an ounce of marijuana on their way home from work as easily as a six pack of beer, scientists are still locked out from researching a drug that is becoming more widely available to the public each year.

Despite medical marijuana being legal in 33 states (recreational marijuana is legal in 10), the federal government still classifies the plant as a Schedule I narcotic — the same classification given to cocaine and heroin — making research on its active ingredient incredibly difficult. Right now, only one facility located in Mississippi is approved by the federal government to grow their own marijuana for research, and many researchers have complained the facility’s product is inadequate

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