Weed Could Soon Be Available for Medical Studies

Weed Could Soon Be Available for Medical Studies

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Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images Even as the majority of Americans have embraced legalizing marijuana either for medicinal or recreational use, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have remained staunch opponents of weed. Now led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, they’ve done everything they can to maintain the nation’s dysfunctional marijuana regulatory system, one that’s pitted the majority of states against the federal government’s continued prohibition of pot. On Thursday, however, things changed at the Capitol, as the powerful House Judiciary Committee unanimously took a historic, bipartisan step to unwind a small, but significant, part of the federal government’s anti-marijuana regime. The committee passed a first-ever bill to ease some of the restrictions that have prevented marijuana from being widely studied for medicinal benefits. If it passes both chambers of Congress, the Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018 would require Sessions to approve at least two new applications to grow and study marijuana, which the legislation’s sponsor, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), told Rolling Stone is a major milestone for his party. “I think that the hardest vote for Republicans to take on marijuana is their first one,” Gaetz told Rolling Stone at the Capitol after his bill passed out of committee. “And so if we can create the broadest area of consensus to democratize access to research, I think, it will get us all thinking a lot more like adults going forward.” Currently, only the University of Mississippi has a federal license to grow marijuana for research purposes, and their weed has been derided as a joke when compared to the pot many Americans now consume legally, because it’s more reminiscent of what was smoked in the sixties than the highly concentrated stuff that’s become the norm today. Gaetz’s legislation also forces the Justice Department to at least rule […]

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