"It's high time to address research into medical marijuana", Hatch, a Republican said.
"To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I've chose to roll out the MEDS Act".
Per the Salt Lake City Times, on Wednesday the OH senator introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, a proposed bill aimed at increasing medical marijuana research. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good.
The bill, co-written by Democratic Sen.
Orrin Hatch didn't spare the puns in announcing Wednesday that it was "high time" for the government to delve "into the weeds" of medical marijuana research.
While he's made it clear in the past that he is not an advocate of recreational marijuana use, Sen. 29 states, however, have legalized some form of medical marijuana and allow doctors to prescribe the drug to patients.
Accessing quality samples of marijuana has been an ongoing challenge for scientists and doctors who want to study the plant because of its federal status. Yelp claims Google violated FTC settlement Hawaii senator demands answers from Equifax on potential insider trading concerns MORE (Hawaii), would streamline the process for approving research on medical marijuana and would direct Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard Sessions'Game of Thrones' polling company takes on White House shakeups Declare a true state of emergency House panel strikes deal on surveillance reforms MORE to "increase the national marijuana quota in a timely manner to meet the changing medical, scientific, and industrial needs for marijuana".