By: Buz Deliere | November 16, 2022
Wednesday, the U.S. Senate approved a cannabis research bill and made history as it became the first standalone cannabis bill to go before the president
The bill was originally filed back in July and met little resistance as it passed through the House and then unanimously approved by the Senate.
The “Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act” has now made it further than any previous cannabis legislation in the past and with the support of both parties. Now all that is needed is President Biden’s signature and we’ll have another historical cannabis first.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had this to say about the bill “We need to do the research first,” he says. “And the federal government, sadly, has been woefully behind the times on this front. This bill will help fix that.” he then went on to say the bill “would eliminate the red tape that hinders cannabis research, opening the door for new innovative treatments derived from cannabis.”
Schumer also hopes that after the passing of the bill the two parties can continue to work together to further cannabis reform and pass new legislation.
Schumer says they will continue to “try very, very hard” and went on to say “It’s not easy, but we’re making good progress. I thank my colleagues for the excellent work on this bill and hope it portends more good cannabis legislation to come.”