Republican Introduces New Medicinal Marijuana Bill

Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith (R) recently introduced a bill in Congress that would make medicinal marijuana easier to research, prescribe and use in states with abiding laws.

The four-page bill “would remove the federal obstacle to prescribing and possessing medical marijuana in states where that is legal, such as Virginia,” according to the Washington Post. It would also reclassify the drug, moving it from Schedule I to Schedule II under the Justice Department’s controlled substances list so that it is no longer grouped with harder drugs.

Griffith was inspired by the stories of people with illnesses like epilepsy and cancer who were able to use marijuana medicinally to vastly improve their conditions. Some moved to Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, while others had to obtain it illegally.

“Isn’t it cruel,” Griffith said, “to not allow real doctors, real drug companies and real pharmacists to use marijuana for legitimate medical reasons for real patients? We use all sorts of opioids under the same scenario that this bill would allow us to use marijuana.”

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