A number of cannabis bills are making an appearance on Capitol Hill this year
Representatives Sylvia Garcia and Don Young and Senators Bob Menendez and Rand Paul have gotten down to work on Capitol Hill. Yesterday, they took it upon themselves to introduce their bipartisan Marijuana Data Collection Act. In order to move forward with the process properly, the signatures of the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and relevant state health agencies are required, which establishes a ten-year agreement with the National Academy of Sciences.
The goal of this is to conduct a study that will provide an in-depth analysis of the effects of state-legalized marijuana programs on a biennial basis. It is hoped that this study will capture much relevant information about marijuana today, including the impacts and effects of both medicinal and non-medicinal programs. While some studies related to these issues already exist, it has been said that the country still lacks consensus and acceptance of these data, particularly among members of Congress and the Department of Justice.
“The Marijuana Data Collection Act will ensure that federal discussions and policies specific to cannabis policy are based on the best, most reliable, and most recent evidence available moving forward,” said NORML Policy Director Justin Strekal.
As legalization progresses across the country, adopting certain measures and studies like these becomes more than necessary, especially because in legal eyes, it is still an industry that must be highly regulated, at least for the first few years while society as a whole comes to mesh. As of today, 17 states have legalized marijuana for adult use, while medical use has already been established in a total of 36 states.