I applaud the efforts and enormous personal financial commitment Tim and John Morgan have made in their effort to have a constitutional amendment for the use of marijuana, for treating, debilitating medical conditions. although it may seem a contradiction, I also understand those who are opposed to the amendment. There are many unanswered questions.
These questions need to be answered, as John Morgan pointed out in his radio campaign. Every presidential candidate agreed Medical Marijuana should be legalized. The Federal government should allocate billions of dollars in funding, for the National Institute of health to provide grants to the researchers, that can best determine how and for what conditions medical marijuana can be used to treat. As well as effective therapies medical marijuana could apply to. Marijuana should also be taken off the schedule 1 substance list, catagorizing a soft drug like marijuana, schedule 1 substance, comes with strict regulations and enormous research hurdles.
Its been almost a year since I published my opinion on Medical Marijuana. I am so excited to see the kind of movement we are seeing , from our colleague on the other side of the aisle.
Sen Orin Hatch of Utah.”Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration and quality of medical marijuana. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good. To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”
The MEDS Act will:
Encourage more research on the potential medical uses of marijuana by streamlining the research registration process, without imposing a scheduling determination on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Make marijuana more available for legitimate scientific and medical research and the commercial production of any FDA-approved drugs derived from marijuana.
Retain important checks to protect against diversion or abuse of the controlled marijuana substances.
Require the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and publish recommendations for good manufacturing practices for growing and producing marijuana for research.
Require the Attorney General to increase the national marijuana quota in a timely manner to meet the changing medical, scientific, and industrial needs for marijuana.
Codify the administration’s decision to terminate the Public Health Service and its review of proposals for medical research on marijuana.Prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from instituting any other marijuana-specific protocol reviews, other than the voluntary review that a researcher can request from National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to access the expedited DEA registration process.
I look forward to seeing this piece of legislation become law.