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Biden to sign bipartisan cannabis research bill passed by congress this week, White House says

President Joe Biden intends to sign a bipartisan cannabis research bill that was passed by Congress on Wednesday, the 16th of November, a White House spokesperson confirmed.

The Senate approved the legislation under unanimous consent this week, two months after it cleared the House. It represents the first piece of cannabis reform legislation in U.S. history to be transmitted to the president.

As Bloomberg first reported, Biden, will sign the legislation, which would give the U.S. attorney general 60 days to either approve a given application or request supplemental information from the cannabis research applicant. It would also create a more efficient pathway for researchers who request larger quantities of cannabis.

Once the bill officially reaches Biden’s desk, he will have ten days (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto it. Otherwise, it would take effect without his signature. “Yes, he’ll sign it,” a White House spokesperson said.

The president remains opposed to federal cannabis legalization, but he campaigned on a number of more modest cannabis reforms, including promoting research, decriminalization, and rescheduling cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

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