Reps. Correa and Ocasio-Cortez Work to Eliminate Barriers to Cannabis and Psycehdelic Research
by Veterans Cannabis Coalition
Our thanks to Representative Lou Correa and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for introducing amendments that would remove barriers to researching cannabis, psilocybin, and MDMA by eliminating a rider on the appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and amending Department of Education policy. This is a breath of fresh air considering the recent ignorant and malicious statements publicly made by the the U.S. Surgeon General and Director dismissing the medical value of cannabis.
Riders, in legislative procedure, are additional provisions added to bills that have a weak relationship to the underlying issue. This particular rider has blocked federal funding of "any activity that promotes the #legalization of any #drug or other substance in Schedule I" of the Controlled Substances Act. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's amendment would eliminate this rider while Rep. Correa's amendment would prevent the Department of Education from denying funding to institutions of higher learning who choose to research cannabis where the state has a medical or adult-use program.
Much more needs to be done--we need research faster, we need it funded, and we need it in the public interest. But we are approaching a new era of understanding psychedelics and cannabinoids as well as widespread access. We look forward to a time when all people can make choices about their health without being turned into criminals.