Congressional Researchers Detail ‘Expanding’ Federal-State Marijuana Policy Gap And Remind Lawmakers Of Their Options To Fix It

Congressional Researchers Detail ‘Expanding’ Federal-State Marijuana Policy Gap And Remind Lawmakers Of Their Options To Fix It
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Congressional researchers released a new report that details the “expanding policy gap” between federal and state marijuana laws, emphasizing that states are continuing to move forward with legalization, regardless of whether Congress “decides to address the inconsistencies” between the disparate sets of policies. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has provided several briefings on the policy disconnect amid the ever-expanding state reform movement, and this latest three-page brief reiterates several points it’s made over the years—namely, that federal prohibition isn’t stopping the reform train. Despite marijuana’s Schedule I classification under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), “over the last several decades, most states and territories have deviated from a comprehensive prohibition of marijuana and have laws and policies allowing for some cultivation, sale, distribution, and possession of marijuana,” the analysis says. “It is now increasingly common for states to have laws and policies allowing for medical and/or recreational use of marijuana—activities that violate the CSA,” CRS said. As it stands, 21 states have legalized marijuana for adult use, and the vast majority have laws on the books that allow some form of access to medical cannabis. The analysis also addresses the challenges that researchers face if they want to study marijuana, which includes receiving authorization from both the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CRS noted that President Joe Biden recently signed a bipartisan bill that “among other things, imposes new requirements on DEA to expedite registration for marijuana researchers and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report on the therapeutic potential of marijuana for various conditions such as epilepsy, as well as on marijuana’s effects on adolescent brains and on users’ ability to operate a motor vehicle.” In October, Biden also directed an administrative review into cannabis scheduling, which agency heads have pledged to…

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