U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has come up with a proposal that would stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) from prosecuting medical marijuana researchers.
“No one should be afraid to do research on medical cannabis,” Gaetz told the Cannabist.
The proposal by Gaetz is a budget appropriations amendment similar to Rohrabacher-Blumenaeur (previously known as Rohrabacher-Farr) which defunds the DOJ from using any resources to pursue state legal medical marijuana businesses. Rohrabacher-Blumenauer is seen by many as the best protection medical marijuana business owners have from federal intervention. If the bill by Gaetz, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, is passed, researchers would also receive the same protections that business owners have.