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Orrin Hatch Advocates the Use of Medical Cannabis in Senate
Author: Alice 14/09/2017 - 17:08:00

September 14, 2017 

US Senator, Orrin Hatch, introduced a bill for the encouragement of research into the medical uses of cannabis and its effectiveness, on Wednesday. The move was surprising, to say the least, given that Orrin Hatch has been a staunch supporter of cannabis prohibition. 

What was more surprising, though, was the fact that the bill wasn’t quietly introduced either. Instead, Hatch, a Utah Republican, gave a passionate speech, defending the use of cannabis for medical purposes, as he took to the Senate floor. According to him, cannabis has got the potential for helping countless Americans and that it, truly, can change their lives for the better. Given the Republican’s history of advocating marijuana prohibition, his sudden change of stance must have come as a shock to quite a few. 

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He buttressed his stance by arguing that America has a need to delve into the research of medical, for the country has tried and tested various solutions to curb America’s opioid crisis, in the past, the majority of which have done more harm than good. According to him, it was high time to remove the barriers impeding the path to legitimate cannabis research and the MEDS Act will serve to do just that.

What can We Expect from the MEDS Bill

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The key clauses of the MEDS Act include:

  • To encourage research into the medical effectiveness of marijuana, without the need for a scheduling determination on the DEA.
  • To legalize the commercial production of FDA-approved drugs, which are derived from marijuana, and to make marijuana more readily available for the production of these drugs and research.
  • To continue checking and controlling for protection against any sort of recreational abuse of marijuana.
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse will be required to determine and publish the good practices for the production of marijuana.
  • The attorney general shall increase the national marijuana quota in order to meet the needs of various sectors of the country.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services shall be prevented from conducting any protocol reviews, specific to marijuana, other than the voluntary reviews.

Why is This Important?

Utah is one of America’s most culturally conservative states. The fact that someone of the stature of Orrin Hatch is advocating for the medical use of marijuana is not only significant but historic as well. According to Hatch, his stance was changed by a close friend, who found relief in medical cannabis and, thus, was able to leave behind the habit of taking, up to, 17 pills a day.

He added to his arguments by stating that opioid abuse is common among the working families of Utah and that the alternative of medical cannabis is, not only, potent but worth pursuing as well.

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The MEDS bill, introduced by Hatch, is in, no way, an attempt for the federal legalization of medical cannabis. All it does is advocate for an easier access to cannabis for research purposes. But considering that until, about, only a few months back, cannabis was rejected as a potent tool for battling the opioid crisis by many politicians, it has to be said that this is a big step forward on this issue, hopefully in the right direction.

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