Tillis wants more study of medical marijuana

Tillis wants more study of medical marijuana

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More than half of all states have legalized marijuana for medical use, even though businesses that sell it are breaking federal law. Sen. Thom Tillis said a national solution is needed. To get there, the North Carolina Republican wants to encourage more research on the drug. “Instead of creating all these state contracts that are actually running afoul of federal laws that are not being enforced right now, it’s a discussion that we should have here (in Congress),” Tillis told The News & Observer on Wednesday. “It doesn’t make sense to me to premise an entire enterprise on what is not even technically, but literally, an illegal practice.” Tillis is one of five senators backing the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, which was introduced Wednesday by Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican. “I’m not for legalizing marijuana anymore than I’m for legalizing over-the-counter sale of opioids. In the same way that we have an opioid addiction problem, we still need pain management,” Tillis said. “Anything that can be safely dispensed, subject to FDA legislation, that can help people who have a medical need, I’m open to it.” More Videos 1:54 Senate leader Phil Berger discusses jail deaths Pause 0:43 NC Republicans cheer early returns on election night 1:27 Demonstrators loudly urge Chancellor Folt to take down Silent Sam 1:21 ASPCA transfers displaced dogs from Hurricane Irma to safe shelter in South Carolina 1:32 Apple unveils iPhone X and Face ID technology 1:12 Duke’s Daniel Jones on interceptions 0:26 Sister Margaret Ann and her chainsaw pitch in to clear Irma debris in Miami 0:51 State and county agencies studying NC 98 corridor 0:49 Duke Life Flight helicopter crashes, kills four 2:12 Wilmington-based group on Animal Planet’s ‘Pit Bulls & Parolees’ Video Link Embed Code Facebook Twitter Email Uniting […]

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