Last updated on: 9/24/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

June 22, 2015 – Federal Government Removes Obstacle to Marijuana Research

“A long-standing bureaucratic obstacle to privately-funded medical marijuana research has just been removed, effective immediately…

[The Public Health Service review process] has been a subject of particular consternation among researchers and advocates. That step is not required for research into any other drug, including cocaine and heroin. The PHS review is nearly identical to the one performed by the FDA. Sometimes, it can take months to complete.”

“Announcement of the elimination of the Public Health Service (PHS) review of non-federally funded research protocols involving marijuana…

On May 21, 1999, the PHS review process was established in response to enhanced interest by the biomedical research community in determining the potential therapeutic benefits of marijuana… The FDA’s IND [Investigational New Drug] review process considers similar research characteristics…

Based on these considerations, and in order to streamline the application and approval processes for cannabis research, the committee that conducts the PHS review shall be eliminated.”