A US senator has proposed legislation to remove barriers to
medical cannabis research.
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin has introduced the expanding
Cannabis Research and Information Act, which, if ratified, would remove
restrictions on federal research into cannabis and aid studies into the drug’s
benefits and drawbacks.
Research over the health and public safety impacts of cannabis use is limited, and a serious barrier to widespread acceptance of medical cannabis.
“With some form of legalisation on the books in over 30 states and now Illinois, I want to lift federal restrictions so we can conduct additional medical research on marijuana,” Durbin said.
“We need a better understanding of promising uses of cannabis for treatment, as well as how marijuana use impacts public safety and specific populations – including children, pregnant women, and drivers.”