Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill Promoting Marijuana Research By Encouraging Access To Dispensary Products

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President Joe Biden on Monday signed a massive infrastructure bill that includes provisions aimed at allowing researchers to study the actual marijuana that consumers are purchasing from state-legal dispensaries instead of having to use only government-grown cannabis. The legislation also encourages states that have enacted legalization laws to educate people about impaired driving. Biden signed the large-scale measure—a legislative accomplishment being touted by Democrats after weeks of contentious debate—without specifically mentioning the marijuana provisions. The development comes as Democratic lawmakers in Congress work to advance several pieces of cannabis legislation, including a federal legalization bill that cleared the House Judiciary Committee in September. A new Republican-led plan to end federal cannabis prohibition was introduced in the House on Monday. Separately, the full chamber approved a defense spending bill in September that includes protections for banks that work with state-legal cannabis businesses. Meanwhile, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed a bill this month to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a series of clinical trials on the medical benefits of marijuana for military veterans with PTSD and chronic pain. The infrastructure measure that the president signed makes it so the transportation secretary would need to work with the attorney general and secretary of health and human services to develop a public report within two years of the bill’s enactment that includes recommendations on allowing scientists to access retail-level marijuana to study impaired driving. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,200 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — The cannabis provision stipulates that the report must contain…

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