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Senator Orrin Hatch introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday to facilitate medical marijuana research in an especially pun-filled manner.
"It's high time to address research into medical marijuana," the Utah Republican said in a statement. "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."
Hatch - Statement - Emphasis - Ours
Hatch's statement continues (emphasis ours):
"All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good. To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act."
Hatch - Initiative - Moment - Parties
Hatch added that he hopes the bipartisan initiative can be a "kumbaya moment" for both parties.
The bill, dubbed the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017 or MEDS Act, is cosponsored by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC). It's designed to improve the process for conducting research on medical marijuana and would direct the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop best practices for growing medical-grade cannabis.
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