Today, a U.S. congressional committee will debate two bills to legalize cannabis at the federal level and several other bills on cannabis research or veterans’ access.
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on these projects with the participation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) besides the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
The hearing comes a few months after the House Judiciary Committee approved a cannabis legalization bill sponsored by Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler. The bill, the MORE Act, will also be one of 2 bills being debated by the committee this week.
Here are the bills that the committee will consider today :
Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement (MORE) Act
The MORE Act would legalize cannabis at the federal level, amnesty those previously convicted of cannabis and impose a 5% sales tax, the proceeds of which would be reinvested in communities most affected by the war on drugs.
It would also open up the possibility of release from prison for those incarcerated for cannabis offenses, protect immigrants from being denied citizenship because of cannabis offenses, moreover prevent federal agencies from blocking public services or security clearances because of cannabis use.
Marijuana Freedom & Opportunity Act
This bill would also legalize cannabis, set aside funds for minority and women-owned cannabis companies, and provide grants in order to help people overturn previous cannabis convictions.
Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2019
So , the Medical Cannabis Research Act would require the Department of Justice to approve other cannabis producers for research, protect research institutions interested in conducting cannabis studies. Also authorize the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to inform patients of federally approved cannabis studies in which they may participate.
Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2019
A bipartisan group of members of the House introduced the bill last year. Therefore , it would streamline the registration process for researchers interested in studying cannabis and would allow certified scientists to obtain quality cannabis for research from private manufacturers.
Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act
In fact , this Act would reclassify cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Narcotic Control Act and would specify that the federal government cannot “prohibit or restrict” the consumption, possession, transportation, production, and distribution of medical cannabis if authorized by a state.
Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act
The bill indeed would make it legal at the federal level and for military veterans to “use, possess or transport medical cannabis” in states where it is legal. It would also allow Veterans Affairs (VA) Department doctors to issue medical recommendations for cannabis to their patients.