Local firm says it has license to study medical marijuana

NORFOLK — A research firm here says it has gotten a federal license to import high-quality extracts of marijuana for medical research.

Sanyal Biotechnology will soon embark on a series of critical studies into treatment of various diseases and disorders.

Sanyal CEO Rebecca Caffrey said the license is the broadest ever issued to a U.S. company. And it allows it allows the firm to import high-quality cannabis extracts that aren’t available in the U.S.

Sanyal operates out of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. The company says it’s looking to develop a clinical research facility.

The future research headquarters may not be in Virginia. But the company said it still wants to conduct a 200-person clinical trial in the state’s Hampton Roads region.

 

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.