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Support For Cannabis Research Is Part Of The Infrastructure Bill

Support For Cannabis Research Is Part Of The Infrastructure Bill

Included in the recently-signed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill – also known as The Infrastructure Investment or Jobs Act – is a provision allowing researchers to use commercial cannabis in studies instead of much less potent government-grown marijuana, which has been the only until now.

“We can deliver real results for real people. We see in ways that really matter each and every day, to each person out there,” Biden said regarding the Bill. “And we’re taking a monumental step forward to build back better as a nation.”

Currently, legal government marijuana can only be grown by the University of Mississippi. According to a 2017 side-by-side comparison by the Washington Post, government-grown cannabis is weak in potency, thin, and comprised of primarily stems instead of cannabis flower. 

Much of the political resistance to federal legalization stems from complaints of meager research around the effectiveness of cannabis. The ability to use commercially available marijuana will yield more accurate data, which could accelerate the move toward federal legalization.

There is something of a political groundswell of support for pro-cannabis-related bills. Most recently is the States Reform Act, introduced by South Carolina Senator Nancy Mace. The States Reform Act would remove cannabis as a Schedule I substance and would allow states the authority to establish their cannabis reform. 

“My home state of South Carolina permits CBD, Florida allows medical marijuana, California and others have full recreational use…Every state is different. Cannabis reform at the federal level must take all of this into account,” Mace said in a statement.

The infrastructure bill also provides federal investments toward repairing roads, bridges, airport runways, and terminals. And among many transit-related improvements, it will replace school buses with low-emission versions. The bill donates funds to increase access to reliable high-speed internet services, update power grids, and provide drought protection. 

While campaigning, Pres. Biden was outspoken regarding cannabis reform, decriminalization, and federal legalization. Signing this bill was his first official approval of cannabis-related legislature since taking office. Ideally, by the end of his term, sparking up some pre rolled cones will be fully federally legal for everyone.

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