Congressional Research Service Highlights Four Consequences Of Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Congressional Research Service Highlights Four Consequences Of Federal Marijuana Prohibition

A new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) identifies multiple problems caused by conflicting federal and state marijuana laws. Those issues include a lack of access to financial services for state-legal cannabis businesses and challenges accessing marijuana for research purposes, CRS said. The Schedule I status of marijuana means that the substance is strictly regulated by federal authorities,” the report, published last week, states. “Yet, over the last several decades, most states and territories have deviated from across-the-board prohibition of marijuana, and now have laws and policies allowing for some cultivation, sale, distribution, and possession of marijuana.” CRS looked at four key areas where the federal-state conflict has created policy complications. First it said universities might be disinclined to take on cannabis study initiatives out of fear of losing federal funds. Colleges receiving federal dollars are statutorily obliged to proactively discourage drug use, and so they also run a risk if they permit students to consume medical cannabis as authorized by the state. General research is also hampered by federal prohibition, CRS said, as the requirements to obtain cannabis for studies is onerous. What’s more, scientists face difficulties accessing a “different strain, potency, or quality of marijuana for their research than what is lawfully available” at the only federally authorized cannabis manufacturing facility at the University of Mississippi. A bipartisan bill designed to streamline the process of cultivating research-grade marijuana and obtaining it for studies was approved by a House committee earlier this month. It would also allow researchers…

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