U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz Developing Bill To Loosen Federal Restriction On Medical Marijuana Research

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz Developing Bill To Loosen Federal Restriction On Medical Marijuana Research

The congressman is hoping to end the Department of Veterans Affairs' "gag rule" on medical marijuana research trials.

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February 13, 2018
Pensacola News Journal
Legislation

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is working on a bill to loosen federal restrictions on medical marijuana research and end the Department of Veterans Affairs' long-standing "gag rule" on alerting veterans about medical marijuana research trials near them.

Gaetz held two roundtable discussions Monday morning in Milton and Pensacola and announced he was working on a bill with three points that he said would allow for more research into medical marijuana.

The first point of the proposal would call for at least three facilities in the country to grow marijuana for research rather than the one at the University of Mississippi currently allowed under federal law.

"To me, that's like getting the government cheese of marijuana," Gaetz said. "You're not getting the different types of strains or concoctions or whatever — you know, I'm not a scientist — that can help people. You only get one type."

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