Hatch announces support for medical marijuana in pun-laden statement

Hatch announces support for medical marijuana in pun-laden statement
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Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTop Republicans concerned over impact of potential Trump drug rule The Hill's Morning Report — Trump to GOP: I will carry you Treasury releases proposed rules on major part of Trump tax law MORE (R-Utah) announced Wednesday that he will introduce a bill to remove barriers blocking research into medical marijuana.

In a pun-filled statement released on Twitter, Hatch said it was "high time" to address the issue.

“It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana,” Hatch said Wednesday. “Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana."

"To be blunt," Hatch added, "we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”

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The bill, co-written by Democratic Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzPentagon’s No. 2 official: Trump’s ‘Space Force’ could cost 'billions' Senate Dem rips 'Space Force:' No Republican is willing to tell Trump it's a 'dumb idea' EPA pushes back on asbestos criticisms MORE (Hawaii), would streamline the process for approving research on medical marijuana and would direct Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSwalwell: I would have fired Strzok too Omarosa: Trump calls Education chief 'Ditzy' DeVos Ex-Reagan official: If Mueller had nothing, Trump 'would ignore him' MORE to "increase the national marijuana quota in a timely manner to meet the changing medical, scientific, and industrial needs for marijuana."

According to Hatch's website, the bill has already picked up several co-sponsors, including Sens. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOn The Money: Senators propose 'crushing' Russia sanctions | Trump calls for food stamp work requirements in farm bill | China tells US to 'chill' on trade | Apple hits trillion in value Let’s honor public service Senate Dem: Talk of revoking security clearances a ‘pure distraction’ MORE (D-Del.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate GOP campaign arm asking Trump to endorse McSally in Arizona: report When it comes to drone tech, wildfire officials need the rights tools for the job Rubio slams Google over plans to unveil censored Chinese search engine MORE (R-Colo.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOrrin Hatch: Partisanship over Kavanaugh nomination 'dumbass' Kavanaugh tells senators Mueller’s appointment was appropriate: report Senators restart talks to fix family separations MORE (R-N.C.).

“I urge my colleagues to join Senator Schatz and me in our joint effort to help thousands of Americans suffering from a wide-range of diseases and disorders," Hatch said Wednesday.

"In a Washington at war with itself, I have high hopes that this bipartisan initiative can be a kumbaya moment for both parties.”