Senate OKs Bill To Expand Research On Medical Cannabis

Last week the House passed a similar measure

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion Act, which would expedite the process required for researchers to get Drug Enforcement Administration approval to possess cannabis for research purposes, Law360 reports. The measure would also require the agency to approve drug manufacturers’ access to cannabis for potential new treatment development.

Last week the House passed a similar measure which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to create a structure for, and remove limitations on, cannabis research. The House bill directs The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice to create a licensing program for additional federal cannabis producers.

The Senate-approved measure also directs HHS to advise Congress on how researchers can best access cannabis available in legal states while the House bill specifically allows researchers to obtain cannabis from legal markets. The Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion Act also requires HHS to prepare a report for lawmakers on the effects of cannabis on developing brains and users’ cognitive abilities.

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