Research Policy Analysis and Coordination
CannabisThe 2016 passage of Proposition 64 changed State of California law to allow adults aged 21 years or older to grow, possess and use marijuana for nonmedical purposes. Although legal in California, UC is subject to the same federal rules and regulations as before the passage of Proposition 64.
The current federal framework categorizes cannabis as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), meaning that federal regulations under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) do not permit the use, production, processing, sale or growth of cannabis. There are two exceptions that allow for certain research activities albeit with strict federal controls:
- Research may be conducted under special licensing requirements established by the DEA, using only cannabis from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Supply Program.
- The Agricultural Act of 2014, known as the Farm Bill, creates a limited research exemption for industrial hemp (a very low potency form of cannabis) by permitting industrial hemp growth or cultivation by an institution of higher education or a State department of agriculture.
Contact: Agnes Balla at Agnes.Balla@ucop.edu or (510) 987-9987.
This memo provides information for researchers and research administrators regarding legal and policy issues related to marijuana research conducted at UC.
Information for UC researchers and research administrators regarding the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Proposition 64, which became law on January 1, 2017, and this new law’s effect on marijuana research conducted at UC.