In this week’s edition: FDA confirms universities in Iowa will not lose federal funding for participating in state medical cannabis program Applications for cannabis producers are open in New Mexico FBI investigating corruption claims in Nevada’s cannabis licensing process Texas court rules state ban on smokable hemp is unconstitutional And more… Federal
FDA Confirms Iowa Universities Don’t Risk Federal Funds for Patients’ Use of Medical Cannabis – In a letter to Iowa officials, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that academic institutions in the state will not lose agency grants and contracts if they permit patients to use medical cannabis on their property in compliance with state law. Despite the increased interest in cannabis research, many colleges and universities have been hesitant to engage in research using medical cannabis for fear of losing federal funding. While the FDA’s recent assurance may quell some of these fears, officials from the Department of Education, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have yet to respond to similar letters from the state of Iowa.
Federal and State Officials Explore Use of Medical Cannabis in Hospitals – In response to a request from a California state lawmaker pursuing legislation on the use of medical cannabis in California hospitals, officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the California Governor’s Office are exploring whether hospitals and other healthcare facilities may allow terminally ill patients to use medical cannabis in states where such use is legal, without jeopardizing federal funding.
FDA Issues First Marketing Order Denials for Electronic Cigarette Products – The FDA issued marketing denial orders for approximately 55,000 non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarette products from JD Nova Group LLC, Great American Vapes and Vapor Salon. As a result of the denial