Why U.S. Cannabis Researchers Have Had to Resort to Importing Weed From Canada and the Netherlands

Article by Kristine Owram, Growth Op

CANNABIS BUSINESS Why U.S. cannabis researchers have had to resort to importing pot from Canada and the Netherlands Progress on cannabis medical research has stalled in the U.S. By Kristine Owram The restrictions on researching cannabis in the U.S. stem from a longstanding federal prohibition on the drug, despite it now being legal in 33 states for medical use and 11 for recreational use. Kevin Mohatt/Reuters files

One of the top advocates for allowing U.S. companies to grow cannabis for research purposes has imported a batch from the Netherlands, saying he had no choice because of the lack of progress at home.

California-based Biopharmaceutical Research Co., founded by former Navy SEAL George Hodgin, legally imported a small quantity of marijuana from Bedrocan International last month to use for scientific analysis with the goal of better understanding the plant.

“As someone who fought for this country it saddens me that Americans aren’t the ones producing the cannabis materials that we are researching,” Hodgin said in an interview.

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