Marijuana Research Bill Required ‘Compromise’ Over Dispensary Access For Scientists To Get Senate Buy-In, House Sponsor Says – Marijuana Moment

A bipartisan marijuana research bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday will be “enacted into law very soon,” the Democratic sponsor said on Wednesday. But getting the limited, research-focused legislation in shape for Senate approval took significant compromise, he explained.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) spoke about the “Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act” at a briefing organized by the U.S. Cannabis Council (USCC), expressing confidence that it’s positioned to become the first piece of standalone marijuana reform legislation in the nation’s history to reach the president’s desk and become law.

When it was introduced earlier this month—billed as a merger of separate, standalone House and Senate cannabis research legislation that already passed in each respective chamber—one key provision of the House version was notably omitted that would have allowed scientists to access marijuana from state-legal dispensaries for study purposes.

The final product that’s now heading to a concurrence vote in the Senate after passing in the House by a vote of 325-95 this week is in fact virtually identical to the original Senate bill from Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Blumenauer said that during his meetings with Grassley, the

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