A spokeswoman for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said the House Republican has signed on with with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to co-sponsor the Medical Cannabis Research Act, legislation that will simplify the process to research marijuana. The bill is set to be introduced any day, and a news conference will be held by its sponsors.
The announcement comes after Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions imploring him to stop his ageny's efforts to impede medical marijuana research. It read:
“Research on marijuana is necessary for evidence-based decision making, and expanded research has been called for by President Trump’s Surgeon General, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the FDA, the CDC, the National Highway Safety Administration, the National Institute of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Academies of Sciences, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse,”