Sen. Orrin Hatch slams ‘regulatory acrobatics’ needed for cannabis research
Sen. Orrin Hatch supports efforts in Utah and elsewhere to study the medicinal effects of marijuana, but condemns the federal “regulatory acrobatics” required of researchers studying the plant.
“Under current law, those who want to complete research on the benefits of medical marijuana must engage in a complex application process and interact with several federal agencies. … The longer researchers have to wait, the longer patients have to suffer,” Hatch, R-Utah, said Friday through his spokesman.
The senator said the application process frequently requires more than a year for researchers to resolve.
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