FILE: Image shows a screenshot of Sen. Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah. (KUTV)
(KUTV) Senator Orrin Hatch (R- Utah) announced Wednesday that he was introducing the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, or MEDS Act.
The proposed legislation aims to improve the process for conducting scientific research on marijuana as a safe and effective medical treatment.
In a pun-filled news release, Hatch said, “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.”
The 83-year-old senator continued, “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.”
Hatch was joined by Senator Schatz (D-Hawaii) and cosponsors Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Senator Cory Gardner