Congressional Committee Approves Marijuana Bill That Will Allow Research On Dispensary Cannabis

Congressional Committee Approves Marijuana Bill That Will Allow Research On Dispensary Cannabis

A House committee on Wednesday approved key piece of marijuana research legislation that, among other things, would allow scientists to finally study cannabis from state-legal dispensaries. In general, the bill would accomplish two goals: First, it would establish a simplified registration process for researchers interested in studying cannabis, in part by reducing approval wait times, minimizing costly security requirements and eliminating additional layers of protocol review. Second, it would expand the sources of research-grade cannabis that certified scientists would be able to obtain the products. That could resolve an issue identified by researchers and lawmakers, who complain that marijuana produced at the only existing federally authorized facility at the University of Mississippi is difficult to access and is chemically closer to hemp than cannabis available on the commercial market. The Energy and Commerce Committee moved to advance the bipartisan Medical Marijuana Research Act in a voice vote. The next step for the legislation would be the House floor, thought it’s not clear at this point if or when Democratic leaders plan to take it up there. Update: HR 3797 was favorably reported, as amended, to the House by a voice vote. — Energy and Commerce Committee (@EnergyCommerce) September 9, 2020 Initially, the legislation simply stipulated that researchers could access marijuana from additional federally approved private manufacturers. But an amendment in the nature of a substitute that was released on Tuesday and approved by the committee, also via a voice vote, would also provide researchers with access to cannabis from state-legal businesses under certain circumstances.…

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