Marijuana Measure

Legislators take additional steps

Evan Smith
January 10, 2019 - 2:58 pm

A panel of legislators voted Thursday to advance a resolution urging Congress to open more research on medical uses for marijuana.

This marks yet another step toward easing some of the state’s perceptions and attitudes regarding the drug.

The exact language of the measure urges lawmakers to "take immediate and additional steps to promote and actively pursue scientific research and testing into the potential use of cannabis to treat other medical conditions and illness by removing the federal statutory and regulatory barriers that prevent these scientific endeavors."

This latest step comes after a successful 2014 effort to pass a narrow law allowing patients with epilepsy or their caregivers to possess CBD, a non-psychoactive oil derived from marijuana.

The latest measure will now go to the full senate medical affairs committee for consideration.

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