🚨 Congress just passed its first marijuana bill.@SenSchumer took the podium tonight to usher through the Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act, which passed by unanimous consent.
The bill passed the House in July, and now heads to Biden's desk. pic.twitter.com/cwzVhh5BXF
— Natalie Fertig (@natsfert) November 17, 2022
The Senate passed a bill designed to expand medical marijuana research on Wednesday by unanimous consent.
Passage of the legislation, which is sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in their respective chambers, signaled a new era in federal cannabis policy: It’s the first standalone marijuana-related bill approved by both chambers of Congress. The House passed the bill in July, also by unanimous consent.
The bill, which will make it easier for scientists to conduct medical marijuana research and protect doctors who discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using the drug with patients, now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk.