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Congress sends first weed bill to Biden

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Main context: Marijuana is classified as Schedule I in the Controlled Substances Act, the same class as heroin. Schedule I substances are classified as having no medical benefit and a high propensity for addiction. But some research in the past decade, and anecdotes from thousands of patients across the country, suggest so Cannabis may have a medical benefit for Certain medical conditions.

Since cannabis is a Schedule I substance, it is very difficult to research. Scientists need to get approval from several agencies to carry out studies that can sometimes take years. Until recently, they were only allowed to use University of Mississippi-grown marijuana—much like weed available on the street in the 1970s, rather than modern dispensary products.

Biden said on the campaign trail that marijuana should be easier to study, and last month issued an executive order Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to begin the process of reviewing available research on marijuana and to issue a recommendation to the Department of Justice regarding the reclassification or declassification of marijuana from the Canadian Space Agency.

The passage of the medical research bill by unanimous approval indicates that perceptions about marijuana are changing. While expanded research is the most conservative action Congress can take on marijuana, it is something unimaginable a decade ago. The bill came close to passing in September, however suspended by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). Cornyn lifted the suspension earlier this week.

“After working on the issue of cannabis reform for decades, the dam is finally starting to fail,” Blumenauer told Politico in a statement. “While more than 155 million Americans reside where adult use of cannabis is legal at the state or local level, and there are four million registered medical marijuana users with many potentially self-medicating, it is imperative that we be able to fully study the effects of cannabis use.” “.

What’s Next: The legislation also determines the ongoing discussion about Safe Banking Acta bipartisan Senate Majority Leader bill Chuck Schumer He said he wanted it to pass before this Congress ended.


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