Rep. Matt Gaetz explains his bill to loosen federal medical marijuana research instructions after holding a roundtable discussion with veterans on the issue at the University of West Florida on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Jim Little/[email protected]) Wochit
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz meets with a group of local clergy members to discuss their concerns with medical marijuana during a roundtable meeting Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at West Florida Baptist Church in Milton.(Photo: Tony Giberson/[email protected])Buy Photo
Rep. Matt Gaetz is working on a bill to loosen federal restrictions on medical marijuana research and end the Department of Veterans Affairs’ long-standing “gag rule” on alerting veterans about medical marijuana research trials near them.
Gaetz held two roundtable discussions Monday morning in Milton and Pensacola and announced he was working on a bill with three points that he said would allow for more research into medical marijuana.
The first point of the proposal would call for at least three facilities in the country to grow marijuana for research rather than the one at the University of Mississippi currently allowed under federal law.
“To me, that’s like getting the government cheese of marijuana,” Gaetz said. “You’re not getting the different types of strains or concoctions or whatever — you know, I’m not a scientist — that can help people. You only get one type.”
The second point would allow universities to research marijuana for medical purposes without jeopardizing their federal funding.
The final proposal of the bill would allow VA doctors to tell their patients about medical marijuana clinical trials for which they may be eligible to participate.
Gaetz, a freshman Republican, said he developed the