The Obama administration's decision to streamline medical marijuana research Monday drew praise from Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, one of the more endangered Republicans up in 2016.
According to The Washington Post , eliminating the Public Health Service review from research proposals will cut an additional layer of bureaucracy from an already onerous process. While senators' positions on medical marijuana are still evolving, Toomey's love for streamlining governmental procedures and cutting duplicative programs is tried and true.
“I applaud this commonsense effort to cut red tape and help facilitate more research into medical marijuana," the Pennsylvania Republican said in a statement. "If there’s a chance that marijuana derivatives like cannibidiol can help patients in Pennsylvania, Washington should not be needlessly interfering with scientific research that may lead to worthwhile medical treatments.”
Toomey's office was unable to confirm whether or not he intended to support a medical marijuana bill — sponsored by Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. — that would reschedule marijuana to make it more available for medicinal and research purposes .
Congress last year approved a rider in the omnibus spending package protecting state-licensed medical marijuana operations from federal raids, and that rider recently received even more support in the House and was approved easily in a Senate committee vote.
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