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Déjà vu all over again: Another year passes without approval of new suppliers of marijuana for research

Déjà vu all over again: Another year has passed without the DEA's approval of new suppliers of marijuana for scientific research.
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WASHINGTON — Forgive us if you read our stories on this topic from 2017 and 2018, but here it comes again: Another year has passed since the Drug Enforcement Administration said it was open to approving more suppliers of marijuana for scientific research, and another year has passed without an application being approved.

The lag has increasingly frustrated scientists, advocates, and members of Congress from both parties who argue that expanding research into marijuana could lead to new medicines and help identify what health risks use presents.

It’s also created an odd juxtaposition, as the availability of and — a component of marijuana that can also be derived from hemp — are flooding wellness shops, cafes, and beauty stores in ever increasing varieties. And last year, the Food and Drug Administration prescription drug derived from marijuana, a cannabidiol product called Epidiolex that treats types of epilepsy.

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