Orrin Hatch (Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, re-introduced a medical marijuana research bill on Wednesday that would “improve the process for conducting scientific research on marijuana as a safe and effective medical treatment.” The bill has bipartisan sponsors, and is similar to the legislation he introduced last year, the Washington Post reported.
In the process of announcing the bill, Hatch rattled off a ton of weed puns. “It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana,” Hatch said, according to a press release. “Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good.”
“To be blunt,” he continued, “we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the [Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017] MEDS Act.
Hatch said that he still doesn’t condone the recreational use of the devil’s lettuce, but intends for his bill to expand and encourage more research “on the potential medical uses of marijuana by streamlining the …read more