Feds Would Learn From States That Have Already Legalized Marijuana Under New Bipartisan Bills In Congress

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As congressional leaders work to end federal marijuana prohibition, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at learning from the states that have already enacted the policy change. The bills—sponsored by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY), as well as Reps. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) and Don Young (R-AK)—would require several federal agencies to enter a 10-year partnership with the National Academy of Sciences to collect data on the impact of cannabis legalization at the state level. Both medical and recreational marijuana programs would be assessed for their economic, public health, criminal justice and workplace effects. Findings from this study would have to be submitted to Congress biennially over the course of the next decade. “As more and more states legalize and regulate marijuana, we must take a thorough examination at how different laws and policies in different states have been implemented, what works, what doesn’t, and what can be replicated elsewhere,” Menendez said in a press release. “Having this data at our fingertips and making it available to the public will help drive public policy decisions and dispel any misconceptions about marijuana legalization.” It’s a fact: the marijuana industry is going to be a part of the 21st century economy, and we need to understand exactly how it will impact state economies, public health, criminal justice, and employment. https://t.co/k7X16U8Iqe — Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) April 29, 2021 The Marijuana Data Collection Act would further require research into how cannabis is taxed, how much revenue is generated and what those funds are used for in legal states. Also, the study would examine how patients utilize medical marijuana for differing reasons and the impact of that use on the rate of opioid overdoses, prescriptions and hospital admissions. The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of…

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