After a long day, this was definitely a story I needed to see. Not only because I think it’s ridiculous that there are still people out there who oppose even the idea of studying the potential benefits of medical marijuana, but because a Republican senator issuing a pun-filled statement about a bipartisan bill addressing medical marijuana research had me rolling.
While not an advocate for recreational marijuana use, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announced a new bill that would make it easier to do research into any possible medical uses for the plant.
As reported by Talking Points Memo:
His statement introducing the roll-out of the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017 wasn’t as dry as the bill’s title sounds.
“It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana,” Hatch said in a statement introducing the bill and its co-sponsors, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC).
“To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act,” he said.
“I urge my colleagues to join Senator Schatz and me in our joint effort to help thousands of Americans suffering from a wide-range of diseases and disorders,” he said. “In a Washington at war with itself, I have high hopes that this bipartisan initiative can be a kumbaya moment for both parties.”
In a current political world that’s often dominated by “what stupid/horrible/ridiculous/vile thing did Donald Trump say or do today,” this was something hilarious I think many people needed to read.
However, even more important than a rare showing of bipartisanship, along with some fairly funny puns, is the fact that this bill makes sense.
Regardless of what anyone’s feelings are about marijuana (I’ve never personally done it), I’ve never understood why anyone would oppose medical research to determine what, if any, legitimate benefits the plant could have for millions of Americans suffering from such ailments as seizures, insomnia, chronic migraines, eating disorders, and a host of other medical conditions research has already shown can be helped with the use of medical marijuana.
I’m sure idiotic arguments against marijuana use such as this one haven’t helped matters much.
Let credible, well-researched medical science — not anti-marijuana propaganda — determine whether or not the substance can be used to help people. We’ve already seen studies that indicate that not only can it help people — it can even save lives.
It seems absurd that anyone would oppose allowing researchers easier access to study something that can help people, yet there are plenty of people in this country who foolishly do.
That said, I think we should all take a minute to commend these senators for writing this legislation, and for introducing it in such a way that the comical nature of the statement actually brings much-needed attention to the bill, with the hope that one day it will pass so that we can move closer to separating fact from fiction when it comes to marijuana.
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