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Kentucky Lawmakers Call On Feds To Study Marijuana

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The Kentucky House of Representatives is calling on the federal government to remove roadblocks to marijuana research.

Lawmakers on Wednesday approved a resolution calling on the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration to “expedite research on the safety and effectiveness of the use of marijuana for certain health purposes.”

The vote was 73 to 5 in favor of passage of theย resolution.

Under current federal law, marijuana is classified in Schedule I, the most restrictive category, which is supposed to be reserved for drugs with a high potential for abuse and no medical value. Researchers have long complained that cannabis’s categorization results in unnecessary hurdles that studies on other substances don’t need to overcome.

The Kentucky resolution doesn’t specifically address rescheduling, and its whereas clauses make several negative claims about marijuana’s impact on short-term memory and educational performance. But its passage signals that state officials think the federal government isn’t doing as much as it should to open up research on cannabis’s medical potential.

Comprehensive research “cannot occur under current federal law,” the measure states.

Lawmakers in the state are also considering bill to change the state’s laws to allow medical cannabis and to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

The Kentucky measure is just one of many that state legislatures around the country are considering to push back on the federal government’s current marijuana policies.

State Lawmakers Push Back On Federal Anti-Marijuana Moves

Late last year, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) convened a task force to study medical cannabis and possible legislative proposals.

Kentucky Leader Forms Medical Marijuana Task Force

On Wednesday, Grimes posted several tweets about the benefits of medical cannabis.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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