A cannabis researcher at Arizona’s Scottsdale Research Institute plans to sue the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over what she is saying is low-grade cannabis that is unacceptable for testing. According to a report from the CT Post, Dr. Sue Sisley is making the claim that the cannabis being grown at the University of Mississippi is actually closer to hemp than what is consumed on both the legal and black markets.
The federal government has taken control of the cannabis farm at the university and oversees what grows there. Dr. Sisley says that it is next to impossible to conduct proper scientific research and reach a valid conclusion with the government-approved cannabis that is being provided to her and her team at the research institute in Scottsdale.
Dr. Sisley and her research team recently conducted a study on whether cannabis can help those who are suffering from PTSD. Sisley says that the cannabis that came from the farm at Ole Miss contained many stems and seeds and that some of it was moldy. She says that the cannabis wasn’t tested the right way before her and her team received it.
“Scientists need access to options and we are handcuffed by a government-enforced monopoly that has only allowed me to study this really suboptimal study drug from Mississippi,” Dr, Sisley told the Arizona Capitol Times.
Dr. Sisley described the cannabis sent to her as being a “standardized green powder that is just cannabis ground up.” She also included the U.S. Attorney General’s office in the lawsuit, because she believes the DEA isn’t the only group who is “responsible for impeding” the access to quality cannabis that would be acceptable for her and her team to research. The PTSD study hasn’t been published yet, but it is unclear as to whether that’s due to the low-quality cannabis that was provided to her.
Sisley told the Capitol Times that it is her hope that her lawsuit will force federal courts to allow researchers to gain access to cannabis from sources other than the farm at Ole Miss. The federal government granted Ole Miss a license to grow cannabis over 50 years ago. Sisley also said that she applied three years ago with the DEA to become a schedule I bulk manufacturer but hasn’t yet received a response.
Only time will tell if something positive will come out of the lawsuit, and if Dr. Sisley will be granted legal access to the quality of cannabis that is required to conduct much-needed scientific research in the proper manner.