Thirty Members of Congress Support Eased Medical Marijuana Research

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Thirty members of Congress signed a letter to the secretary of Health and Human Services on Tuesday asking that the government ease the process to get marijuana for medical research. The letter addressed to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell was signed by a bipartisan selection of congressmen and women. "We believe the widespread use of medical marijuana should necessitate research into what specific relief it offers and how it can best be delivered for different people and different conditions," the letter states. "Yet, the scientific research clearly documenting these benefits has often been hampered by federal barriers."

The letter notes that medical marijuana is used by more than a million Americans, and has been legalized in 22 states as well as Washington, D.C.