This month, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine joined the growing number of legislators advocating for medical cannabis reform. Last Wednesday, the former VP candidate signed onto a bill that would allow the use of CBD for epilepsy. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, would also remove federal impediments to CBD research and force federal officials to consider scheduling the drug in a different category than marijuana, which is currently considered a Schedule I drug with no medical value.
This week, Kaine cosponsored a bill with Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch that would increase researchers’ access to cannabis for medical studies. This bill would also require the National Institute on Drug Abuse to create recommendations for good manufacturing processes to create the best possible cannabis for research purposes. Kaine did not support earlier versions of these bills during last year’s legislative session, nor has he signed on to any other pro-cannabis