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Canadian cannabis research hits licensing logjam

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Science  23 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6455, pp. 729-730
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6455.729

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The Canadian government is scrambling to respond to a glut of license applications for cannabis research prompted by the drug's legalization in the country in October 2018. The queue of applicants—there were 251 in line as of late July—and the attendant monthslong waiting times are frustrating scientists interested in the basic biology and therapeutic possibilities of cannabis. The delays are also prompting criticism of Health Canada, the Ottawa-based agency charged with issuing the permits. Health Canada says it is committed to the research and is trying to speed the process in a number of ways, including boosting the ranks of those reviewing applications.

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