When authorities seize illicit Cannabis they destroy it, thereby depriving patients of medicine and keeping the price and tax high for licensed operators. But seized controlled substances could be transferred to DEA for distribution to a researcher, FDA, NIDA, or even a State for distribution to patients:
Title 21 United States Code (USC) – Controlled Substances Act
SUBCHAPTER I — CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT
Part E — Administrative and Enforcement Provisions
(e) Disposition of forfeited property
(1) Whenever property is civilly or criminally forfeited under this subchapter the Attorney General may—
(D) forward it to the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs [now DEA] for disposition (including delivery for medical or scientific use to any Federal or State agency under regulations of the Attorney General);
TITLE 21–FOOD AND DRUGS
CHAPTER II–DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION
PART 1307 — MISCELLANEOUS
Disposal of Controlled Substances
Sec. 1307.22 Delivery of surrendered and forfeited controlled substances.
Any controlled substance surrendered by delivery to the Administration under part 1317 of this chapter or forfeited pursuant to section 511 of the Act (21 U.S.C. 881) may be delivered to any department, bureau, or other agency of the United States or of any State upon proper application addressed to the Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration.