Congressman Wants Legal Protection For Higher Education Institutions Studying Cannabis

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A Congressman from Colorado is urging lawmakers not to withhold funding for higher education institutions who study and research cannabis.

Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) led 25 of his colleagues in a bipartisan letter to House Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) requesting that the federal government give money to universities and colleges that study or research cannabis. In a letter, Neguse noted that many institutions in his district are studying and researching marijuana and its impact.

“Formal research is especially important as more states legalize medical marijuana. We need medical professionals who are equipped with the knowledge to competently discuss issues surrounding cannabis and health,” Neguse wrote in the letter, according to a press release.  “Evidence-based research regarding cannabis ought to be encouraged in academic settings, not discouraged.”

“Our constitutional framework has afforded the whole nation the chance to allow states to differ on many…

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