Forbes: Federal Report On Marijuana Legalization Required Under New Bill

Forbes: Federal Report About Marijuana Legalization Required Under New Bill


What is the effects of marijuana legalization in states that have adopted it? That’s what the proponents of a newly filed U.S. House bill are hoping to find out.

The Marijuana Data Collection Act, introduced on Tuesday by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and a bipartisan group of cosponsors, would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to partner with other federal and state government agencies to study”the effects of State legalized marijuana programs on the economy, public health, criminal justice and employment.”

“For decades, bad data and misinformation have fueled the failed war on drugs that’s wasted billions of taxpayer dollars, incarcerating Americans for nonviolent marijuana charges,” Gabbard said in House floor speech previewing the invoice on Monday evening. “Our aged bud policies have turned  everyday Americans into criminals, strained our criminal justice system, cost taxpayers tremendously and torn families apart.”

“Our national policies should be based on actual science and fact, not lost stigma and outdate myths.”

If the legislation is enacted, the National Academy of Sciences would carry out the research and publish initial findings within 18 weeks, with follow-up reports to be issued every two years after that.

Published at Tue, 24 Jul 2018 14:55:07 +0000

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