House Committee Reviewing Cannabis Research Bill

Cannabis Research Bill
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced it will take measures to enlarge the cannabis research bill approval chances on Wednesday.

The bipartisan bill was initially suggested last year and could make two major changes: the bill would simplify the enrollment procedure for researchers that wish to examine cannabis. Secondly, the proposition would enable federally certified researchers to obtain cannabis for research purposes from personal, state-licensed entities.

Presently, the federal government simply enables researchers to utilize cannabis products supplied from the University of Mississippi, which scientists say has more resemblance to more hemp compared to health or adult-use cannabis goods provided by state-licensed retailers. The cannabis research bill suggests letting any number of enrolled suppliers of research-grade cannabis.

A recent report indicated that that the U.S. spent nearly $1.5 billion on cannabis research from 2000 to 2018; the vast majority of the spending, however, was concentrated on understanding the possible harms of cannabis use, not the plant’s medicinal potential.

The cannabis research bill was first proposed last year by a bipartisan group of lawmakers such as Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D), a proponent for both legalization and founding member of their Congressional Cannabis Caucus, also Maryland Rep. Andy Harris (R), an outspoken cannabis critic who at 2015 obstructed Washington DC by establishing a voter-approved cannabis market.

House lawmakers will also be expected to consider legislation this month which would get rid of the cannabis plant in the Controlled Substances Act, thus finishing national prohibition — it is going to be the very first legalization proposal heard by a complete congressional body. That charge, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, could also require national officials to expunge cannabis-related Legislation and could take cannabis tax dollars prior to establishing a Opportunity Trust Fund to encourage small business proprietors that had been negatively impacted by prohibition.