The View from Texas
Restrictive legislation won’t prevent efforts to progress cannabis research
Kevin Schug | | Opinion
The Lone Star State has enormous untapped potential. High-quality instrumentation and plentiful manpower at institutions such as The University of Texas at Arlington could provide the perfect platform upon which a thriving cannabis research industry might grow. The obstacle? The usual suspect: restrictive legislature. Though we are now able to work with hemp, THC-containing forms of the plant remain off limits. Even if we did pursue a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), access to interesting strains (endemic in Oregon, Colorado and Washington) remains prohibited. Perhaps the opportunity to work with hemp without a requirement for the DEA’s blessing will open new doors – at least, that’s the hope; in such a rapidly growing industry, every man and his dog are looking to get a slice of the pie.
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