House To Vote On Marijuana Research Bill On Monday, Days After Passing Legalization Measure

House To Vote On Marijuana Research Bill On Monday, Days After Passing Legalization Measure
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Just days after passing a far-reaching bill to federally legalize marijuana, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote Monday on separate legislation to remove barriers to conducting research on cannabis, including by allowing scientists to access products from state-legal dispensaries. The Medical Marijuana Research Act, sponsored by the unlikely duo of pro-legalization Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and prohibitionist Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), would streamline the process for researchers to apply and get approved to study cannabis and set clear deadlines on federal agencies to act on their applications. It would also make it easier for scientists to modify their research protocols without having to seek federal approval. The move to hold a House vote comes less that two weeks after the Senate unanimously passed a different cannabis research bill. Both chambers passed earlier versions of their respective legislation in late 2020, but nothing ended up getting to the then-President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the last Congress. It remains to be seen if, following the House’s expected passage of its bill again on Monday, whether the two chambers will be able to negotiate a deal on provisions of unified legislation to send to President Joe Biden. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 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 House is bringing the bill forward under a process known as suspension of the rules, under which no amendments are allowed and a two-thirds supermajority is needed for passage—indicating leadership believes it has the necessary bipartisan support to…

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