Rep. Matt Gaetz to hold round-tables on medical marijuana research

Source: Rep. Matt Gaetz to hold round-tables on medical marijuana research Source: WEAR

Congressman Matt Gaetz will host two roundtables with veterans and faith-based community leaders on medical marijuana research.

Congressman Gaetz will be in Milton on Monday, February 12th, at 9:00 a.m. to meet with local pastors in an effort to better understand how medical cannabis research impacts families and the community.

After the Milton roundtable, Congressman Gaetz will go to the University of West Florida to host a second roundtable at 10:30 a.m. where he will hear from local veterans about their thoughts on medical cannabis research as an alternative treatment method.

Congressman Gaetz has been a strong advocate in the 115th Congress pushing for medical marijuana reform.

House Bill (H.R. 2020) would "provide for the rescheduling of marijuana into schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act", and is aimed at rescheduling marijuana from a Schedule I drug, on par with heroin and LSD, to a Schedule III drug, on par with anabolic steroids.

"This drug should not be in the same category as heroin and LSD, and we do not need to continue with a policy that turns thousands of young people into felons every year. Nor do we need to punish the millions of people who are sick and seeking medical help - from pain, from muscle wasting, from chemotherapy-induced nausea" said Congressman Gaetz.

Rescheduling makes it easier to conduct research into marijuana's medical uses with lighter regulation.

The benefits of rescheduling marijuana would also benefit local economies because small businesses in the marijuana industry would finally have the legal ability to meet the needs of patients.

Channel 3 News will be streaming the roundtables live on air and online on Monday, February 12th.

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