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."