U.S. House Committee Approves Bill Directing the DEA to Streamline Cannabis Research Approval Process

marijuana2008The United States House Appropriations Committee has voted to approve legislation that would direct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to determine a plan for accelerating the approval process for those wanting to study cannabis.

Specifically, the provision – which is attached to a federal spending bill – mandates the agency to “review all relevant DEA rules governing research on the medical efficacy of marijuana and determine ways to facilitate further research through streamlining the DEA approval process.”

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U.S. House Committee Votes to Block D.C. Decriminilization

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.com

The GOP-dominated House Appropriations Committee stuck a thumb in the eye of democratic governance in the nations capital this morning. The committeesdw voted to prevent the District of Columbia from implementing marijuana decriminalization approved by the District government.

The move came in the form of an amendment to the District appropriations bill by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD). It passed on a vote of 28 to 21.

The amendment could also threaten the District’s medical marijuana program.

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