Senior officials told the New York Times Wednesday that the Obama administration plans to unshackle marijuana research.
A new policy, which could be added to the federal register as early as Thursday, will allow researchers new access to medical-grade marijuana.
Currently, the University of Mississippi is the only state-run institution allowed to grow marijuana for use in clinical studies, which industry insiders claim has significantly hindered research.
According to the Times’ sources, the new policy provides “approved research protocol” through which other state universities can be approved to grow.
Additionally, the policy does not set a cap on the number of universities that can be approved.
“It’s clear that this was a significant hurdle in limiting the quantity of clinical research taking place in the U.S.” deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Paul Armentano said of the news.
Kevin A. Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, added that the new policy marks a “good day for science.”
The Times notes Obama’s policy is the latest in a pattern reflecting “further relaxing” national view of marijuana. (REPORT: DEA Could Make Marijuana Legal In All 50 States, With A Prescription)
Reports that the DEA planned re-classify the drug as “schedule two” in August surfaced over the summer, yet the federal government has not yet taken action.