Medical Marijuana Alert: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approves First Drug Derived from Marijuana

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first drug derived from marijuana.  The drug, which was created by GW Pharmaceuticals from a proprietary strain of cannabis, is made from Cannabidiol (often referred to as CBD), which is a cannabinoid that is not psychoactive (i.e., does not provide a high).  The drug, which is called Epidiolex, reduces seizures in epileptic patients.

Before Epidiolex can be marketed, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency will have to reclassify CBD, which is currently a Schedule I drug, as a Schedule II or Schedule III drug.

If you have any questions regarding the legal developments regarding Epidiolex or Louisiana's medical marijuana program, please do not hesitate to contact our firm.


          Author:   Keith J. Fernandez, W. Scott Keaty, and Joshua G. McDiarmid
          Practice Area:  Medical Marijuana Law
          Date:  June 25, 2018

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