President Biden becomes first president to sign standalone cannabis legislation

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POTUS has approved legislation to expand cannabis research in the country

President Joe Biden is certainly making a remarkable transformation when it comes to marijuana issues. Considered a historic first for federal cannabis reform, the POTUS has signed a marijuana research bill into law. Many advocates were hoping for the president’s approval, especially after he said marijuana research was a priority for him on the campaign trail.

With the official signing of this legislation, a new history is born in the presidency of the country, enacting for the first time an independent federal marijuana reform law. Although there is still a long way to go before federal reform, this is undoubtedly a major step in US history.

The House gave the bill the go-ahead in July, while Senate approval came four months later. Since then, a White House spokesman said the legislation would not have any obstacles to meet the ink on the president’s pen. This action came just late last week.

Now that the measure has been signed by Biden, the US attorney general has a total of 60 days to approve a given application or request supplemental information from the cannabis research applicant. Through the new law, investigators will have a more accessible process for requesting larger quantities of marijuana.

Andy Harris and Earl Blumenauer were the representatives in charge of sponsoring the House version of the research legislation, which has similar rationale to the Senate bill introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein, Brian Schatz and Chuck Grassley. “Thank you to Representatives Blumenauer, Harris, Griffith, Joyce, Mace, and Perlmutter, Delegate Norton, and Senators Feinstein, Grassley, Schatz, Durbin, Klobuchar, Tillis, Kaine, Ernst, Tester, and Murkowski for their leadership,” the president said on Friday.

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