Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Intro Bill Boosting Medical Cannabis Research
Congressmen Carlos Curbelo (R-FL),Darren Soto (D-FL), Lou Correa (D-CA), and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) teamed up with Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and other lawmakers to introduce the bipartisan Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018. The legislation has a number of provisions. One would increase the amount of research grade medical cannabis, requiring at least three producers. Currently, there’s just one. The bill would also create a “safe harbor” for academic and medical institutions that want to engage in medical cannabis research, without risking other federal grants they receive. And, it would allow for a more collaborative environment between researchers and private sector innovators. Further scientific research on medical cannabis could unlock cures for veterans, the chronically ill, and the elderly. It is monumental for the House Judiciary Committee to consider cannabis-related legislation as they have not tackled legislation on this topic since 1978. More here.