A Republican congressman has proposed an appropriations amendment to provide safe harbor for medical cannabis research in the majority of U.S. states.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, a freshman lawmaker representing the western panhandle of Florida, this week sponsored an amendment to the upcoming Consolidated Appropriations Act that, if included and passed, would provide protections for researchers of Schedule I substances in states that have legalized some form of medical cannabis.
“No one should be afraid to do research on medical cannabis,” Gaetz said Thursday in an interview with The Cannabist.
Gaetz’s amendment, similar in approach to the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer (formerly Rohrabacher-Farr) amendment to shield medical marijuana states from federal prosecution, would handcuff the Department of Justice from using its resources to block applications to study marijuana for medicinal purposes:
None of the funds made available under this Act to the Department of Justice may be used to…