Congress Attaches Marijuana, Hemp And CBD Provisions To Federal Spending Bills

Congress Attaches Marijuana, Hemp And CBD Provisions To Federal Spending Bills

The House and Senate have agreed to include a variety of marijuana, hemp and CBD provisions in reports attached to appropriations legislation that’s expected to be signed into law by President Trump on Friday. Although more sweeping provisions that passed the House—such as measures shielding all state and tribal cannabis programs from federal interference and protecting banks that service state-legal marijuana businesses—were omitted from the Fiscal Year 2020 spending legislation following the merging of the two chambers’ versions, the report language that came out of the bicameral negotiations reflects growing bipartisan interest in researching cannabis and ensuring that hemp legalization is effectively implemented. One provision directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to “provide a brief report on the barriers to research that result from the classification of drugs and compounds as Schedule I substances” under federal law within 120 days. There’s widespread recognition, including from the head of NIDA, that the Schedule I status of marijuana has inhibited studies into the plant’s effects. Another passage encourages the National Institutes of Health to “consider additional investment in studying the medicinal effects and toxicology of cannabidiol and cannabigerol.” The negotiators also agreed that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality…

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