'The Federal Government Has Lied To The American People For A Generation': Matt Gaetz To Pressure Capitol Hill For Cannabis Research

After introducing the Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018, Matt Gaetz is onto his next target. Now, he's heading to Capitol Hill to hold an event aimed at opening up government cannabis research.

While Gaetz's Medical Cannabis Research Act focuses on ensuring protection for institutions that choose to study marijuana, his new event has a different purpose. The goal of this event is to expand the amount of federally sanctioned cannabis research. Gaetz claims that all current federal research comes from single source and is "extremely subpar."

"A lot of people think we can't pass cannabis reform in a GOP controlled congress," Gaetz told the Tampa Bay Times.

Gaetz says a federal commitment to cannabis research is a moral obligation that they have yet to meet.

"The federal government has lied to the American people for a generation about the medical properties of cannabis," Gaetz says. "We have a moral obligation to democratize access to research so that innovators can unlock cures to improve quality of life for millions."

"This issue is moving fast. It turns out people like freedom."

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As medical marijuana continues to gain ground across the US, more and more colleges are adding cannabis to their curriculum. In fact, more than half of America's pharmaceutical schools (62 percent) now teach students about medical marijuana according to a new survey conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Pharmacy. "With more states legalizing medical marijuana, student pharmacists must be prepared to effectively care for their patients who may use medical marijuana alone or in combination with prescription or over-the-counter medications," the study's authors wrote.