The DEA will make one small change when it comes to cannabis: the agency intends to loosen restrictions on federally-approved research of marijuana. As of this writing, only one entity has a federal license to grow cannabis for research: the University of Mississippi. Thursday’s changes will expand the number of places where cannabis can be grown, potentially leading to further federally-approved studies.

The DEA’s upcoming announcement is already drawing mixed reviews. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana — an advocacy group that opposes marijuana legalization — praised the decision. “We’re pleased to see that the Obama Administration… understands the science the way we and almost every single medical association in the country understand it.”

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