By / July 29, 2022

Tabled the DANK Cannabis Research Bill Tabled in US Congress

Congressional lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bill named the DANK Cannabis Research bill. The bill will establish a federal cannabis research program and allow universities to conduct cannabis studies with federal grants.

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Was the DANK Title Intentional?

The text is titled Developing And Nationalizing Key Cannabis Research Act, with the first four initials being highly-evocative (in case you didn’t know, DANK designates strong, sticky, and well-structured cannabis). However, we still don’t know if it was intentional or not.

A DANK Research Agenda

Either way, DANK would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work with other agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to develop “a national cannabis research agenda that addresses key questions and evidence gaps.”

This program should include six main research objectives. For example, under DANK, agencies should prioritize studies on the safety and effectiveness of cannabis in treating multiple diseases such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy-related pain, and nausea caused by chemotherapy, as well as use as an alternative to opioids.

Other items on the DANK agenda include research on the effects of cannabis on “at-risk populations” such as children and pregnant women, the “non-therapeutic effects” of cannabis, the relationship between cannabis use and behavioral health, “clinically appropriate cannabis dosages and modes of administration,” and other public safety considerations related to potency, youth access, and abuse.

Congress Is Speeding Up Cannabis Research

The tabling of this new legislation comes the same week the U.S. House of Representatives separately voted to approve another bipartisan cannabis research bill that also aims to speed up and simplify the process of obtaining necessary permissions. This measure, which would not allow researchers to study cannabis from dispensaries, unlike the DANK Act, should be quickly taken up by the Senate before possibly being sent to President Joe Biden’s desk.

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