A new bill requiring the federal government to issue licenses for marijuana research has gotten even more approval after an analysis of the legislation says it wouldn't cost anything.
The Congressional Budget Office looked at a new bill that would force the Department of Justice to issue new licenses for growing marijuana for research purposes. The CBO said, “Enacting the legislation would not increase net direct spending or on budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2029." So basically, putting the bill in action wouldn't hurt the budget deficit, so it wouldn't cost the government anything to approve of it.
The bill is meant to address an issue between the Department of Justice and Congress. In 2016 the Obama administration announced a new policy to issue more licenses for growing marijuana meant for research by the federal government. But when Jeff Sessions took over as Attorney General, he began instituting roadblocks in the process to drag it out. Multiple members of Congress have demanded Sessions issue the new licenses, but he's simply avoided the issue.
The new bill would require the DOJ to finally issue the licenses. And while the bill does have support from some Republicans, the party's leadership has refused to advance any cannabis-related bills. That means this bill will likely die before ever receiving a vote.
And that's why cannabis advocates need to go out and vote next month.
(h/t Marijuana Moment)