Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch isn't a personal fan of recreational marijuana use, but he is a big fan of puns. Saying it's "high time" Congress facilitates research into medical marijuana, Hatch rolled out a new bill called the Marijuana Effective Drug Study (MEDS) Act.
It's high time to address research into medical marijuana. 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.
I urge my colleagues to join Senator Schatz and me in our joint effort to help thousands of Americans suffering from a wide-range of diseases and disorders. In a Washington at war with itself, I have high hopes that this bipartisan initiative can be a kumbaya moment for both parties.
While Hatch doesn't support recreational marijuana use, and admits he's one of the last people you'd expect to co-sponsor this bill, the advantages of medical marijuana are too profound to ignore. He believes they merit further study, unencumbered by laws written out of fear.