A week after the House approved the research bill, the Senate passed similar legislation, though it did not contain the provision providing scientists with the opportunity to obtain cannabis from the state-legal commercial market. There’s little time before the end of the session in early January, but because the House advanced their version, that raises the chances that some form of cannabis research legislation could cross the finish line sooner rather than later. One possibility would be for the House to immediately move to pass the Senate bill, which would send it to President Trump’s desk. According to a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the House-passed bill to promote marijuana research would have virtually no impact on the federal deficit. In short, the bipartisan legislation would streamline cannabis research in part by allowing scientists to access products from state-legal dispensaries.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 12/28/2020 12:48:00