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 HatchProminent conservative passes on Utah Senate bid Republicans offer this impossible choice: Tax cuts or senior care Senate GOP running out of options to stop Moore 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 SchatzQuestions loom over Franken ethics probe 200 nations plan 2018 talks to keep Paris Agreement momentum Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  MORE (Hawaii), would streamline the process for approving research on medical marijuana and would direct Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFederal judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities 'unconstitutional on its face' FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Alabama election has GOP racing against the clock 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. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsA simple way to make America even greater is fixing our patent system Ensuring that defense agencies will have access to a community of entrepreneurs and innovators McConnell: 'I don't hear much pressure' to pass bill protecting Mueller from Trump MORE (D-Del.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate GOP running out of options to stop Moore Republicans see rising Dem odds in Alabama Cybersecurity pros take first peek at once secretive process behind US hacking toolkit MORE (R-Colo.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP defends Trump judicial nominee with no trial experience Overnight Energy: Chemical safety regulator's nomination at risk | Watchdog scolds Zinke on travel records | Keystone pipeline spills 210,000 gallons of oil Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog 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.”