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    Emily Leongini Featured in Interview on FDA’s Role in the Cannabis Industry

    01/24/2017

    In an interview with Dope Magazine, Food and Drug associate Emily Leongini discusses how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently responding to the proliferation of state-legalized cannabis and how that could impact the growing cannabis industry. Emily notes that cannabis touches a wide variety of products traditionally regulated by FDA, including food, drugs, and dietary supplements. Yet, with only a few exceptions, FDA has largely deferred to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), given marijuana’s Schedule I status. When asked about the pending application for the first plant-derived cannabinoid drug, Emily explains that, if approved by FDA, DEA would likely move the drug’s active ingredient (plant-derived cannabidiol (CBD)) from Schedule I to a lower schedule, which could potentially impact the burgeoning CBD industry.

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