DEA Moving Forward With Cannabis Research Applications

Departments - End Notes

Quotes from around the cannabis industry.

November 1, 2019

“I am pleased that DEA is moving forward with its review of applications for those who seek to grow marijuana legally to support research.”

^ U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a statement Aug. 26 in response to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s announcement that it would begin processing dozens of pending applications for permission to cultivate the plant for scientific research. Source: Drug Enforcement Administration

“We’ve seen in some states the price go as high as $500,000 for a license to sell marijuana. So, we see people willing to pay large amounts of money to get into the industry.”

^ In a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)-sponsored podcast, Supervisory Special Agent Regino Chavez explained why the FBI was taking a closer look at the cannabis industry’s licensing processes as federal officials investigate alleged corruption by state officials responsible for overseeing cannabis licensing. Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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“Some of these operators [with license applications] have been waiting with leases, paying out of their own pocket for 11 months now. I think it’s really time we see a bit more political ambition towards getting these entrepreneurs into the game.”

^ Tantalus Labs CEO and founder Dan Sutton expressed doubts about the British Columbian government’s contention that a strong illicit cannabis market is the main reason for struggling legal sales in the province. Instead, he points to a lack of political will to lift the legal cannabis market. Source: Global News