House Passes Bipartisan Marijuana Research Bill To Let Scientists Study Dispensary Products, Days After Legalization Vote

House Passes Bipartisan Marijuana Research Bill To Let Scientists Study Dispensary Products, Days After Legalization Vote
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday approved a bipartisan marijuana research bill that’s meant to streamline studies into cannabis, in part by allowing scientists to access products from state-legal dispensaries. This comes days after the chamber separately approved a bill to federally legalize marijuana for the second time in history. And it also follows the Senate’s unanimous approval of a similar cannabis research bill last month. 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), passed the House in a 343-75 vote. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who managed bills on the floor for the majority on Monday, said that the body’s passage of a federal cannabis legalization bill last week, as well as state-level reforms, “highlight the need for increased research about safety and efficacy of the marijuana products being consumed by millions of Americans.” “This is an important step towards understanding the positive and negative health effects of the products being frequently consumed by people across our country,” he said. Tonight the House votes on my Medical Marijuana Research Act to study health benefits of state-legal cannabis products. Absent a framework, research is outsourced to other countries-a missed opportunity for the industry & millions of Americans who consume cannabis products. — Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) April 4, 2022 Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), a cosponsor of the cannabis research bill, also rose in support. While acknowledging that members have differing views on broader marijuana reform, he said they have “joined forces to advocate for more research on the use of cannabis products to treat medical conditions.” Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), another cosponsor, said that the country has “seen dramatic changes in the legal status of marijuana at the state level, my state included.”…

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