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BOSTON – A group of U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, is still seeking answers on federal barriers to research on medical marijuana and hit U.S. agencies for a lack of coordination with states on the issue. Warren, Markey and six other senators sent a letter in July asking for information on federal agencies' efforts on medical marijuana research.

Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 states, including Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. In a joint response sent to the senators in October, the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Drug Enforcement Administration noted that a key research barrier was lifted in June 23.

"This action may facilitate more research into the potential therapeutic benefits of marijuana and its components by removing overlapping requirements with [Food and Drug Administration's] review process for investigational new drugs," the officials wrote.

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