A new congressional bill would provide $150 million in marijuana research funding for universities over five years, while allowing those institutions to obtain cannabis for studies through partnerships with state regulatory agencies and law enforcement.
The legislation, introduced by Reps. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Joe Neguse (D-CO) on Monday, is titled the Higher Education Marijuana Research Act.
It would add universities and public entities to the list of marijuana manufacturer applicants that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would need to prioritize for research purposes, while also requiring yearly reports to Congress on that status of those applications and any reasons for denials.
One of the more interesting features of the measure is that it would allow universities located in legal states to “obtain or purchase marijuana from a State or tribal government marijuana regulatory body.”
It’s not immediately clear how that would work, as regulators aren’t typically involved in procuring cannabis from licensed retailers, so it’s possible that it would require states to adopt new policies to have marijuana available through the government bodies for such purposes.
However they facilitate the access, universities would then be able to use that product to “study the type of marijuana in a State’s
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