Historic US cannabis research bill sparks calls for change in the UK

Historic US cannabis research bill sparks calls for change in the UK
Cannabis Health News

Industry leaders hope the passing of a landmark bill to expand cannabis research in the US will encourage the UK government to recognise its potential. Following the passing of historical new legislation in the US, cannabis industry leaders have called for the UK government to recognise its potential as a ‘world leader’ by making it easier for companies to invest in research and development.  On Friday 2 December, President Biden signed The Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act into US law, making it easier for scientists to study the therapeutic effects and potential of cannabis. The new bill aims to overcome some of the blocks that have prevented more scientific research from being conducted, as cannabis is federally illegal in the US. Despite the number of published research papers in the field reaching an all-time high in 2021, a lack of scientific evidence is often cited as the reason why cannabis is not more widely accepted by the medical establishment. The legislation will streamline the application process and remove current US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) barriers, hopefully encouraging more to investigate the plant and its potential medicinal benefits.  It establishes a separate registration process to facilitate research on cannabis, allowing certain registered entities, including universities, medical practitioners and producers, to ‘manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess marijuana or cannabidiol (CBD) for the purposes of medical research’.  ‘The foundational path forward’ Co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Dave Joyce (R-OH), and Brian Mast (R-FL), who introduced the bill in June, celebrated its passing in a statement.  “For decades, the federal government has stood in the way of science and progress – peddling a misguided and discriminatory approach to cannabis. Today marks a monumental step in remedying our federal cannabis laws. The Medical Marijuana and…

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