House Committee Proposes Hemp-Based Plastic Alternatives and Marijuana-Impaired Driving Detection in Groundbreaking Spending Legislation

House Committee Advances Pioneering Spending Legislation with Hemp-Based Plastic Alternatives and Marijuana-Impaired Driving Detection

A key House committee has made groundbreaking strides by incorporating hemp-based alternatives and -impaired driving detection in their annual spending legislation. The , detailed in reports attached to the Fiscal Year 2024 Interior, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, represent a pivotal move towards sustainable alternatives and highway safety.

Exploring Hemp-Based Plastic Alternatives

Addressing the growing demand for eco-friendly materials, the committee has directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to explore the potential of dependable bio-based and U.S.-grown plastic alternatives, including hemp. Within 180 days of the bill’s enactment, the EPA is tasked with providing a briefing on their efforts to integrate such alternatives as cost-efficient options in -produced or funded materials.

Combating Illegal Cannabis Grows on Public Lands

Another critical concern tackled in the report is the issue of illegal cannabis cultivation on public lands in California. Recognizing the harmful impact of such activities on the public, water, soil, and wildlife, the committee strongly supports the Forest Service’s endeavors to develop detection and eradication tools for illicit grow . Additionally, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are directed to collaborate extensively with State, local, and Tribal governments on surveying, reclamation, and prevention efforts.

Marijuana-Impaired Driving Detection

Furthermore, the committee emphasizes the necessity of establishing an objective standard for measuring marijuana impairment and implementing a related field sobriety test to ensure highway safety. To this end, the Department of Transportation is required to provide a update to the committee within 60 days of the Act’s enactment.

Bipartisan Efforts for Drug Policy Amendments

In a bipartisan effort, lawmakers are also seeking to introduce drug policy amendments that would prevent cannabis for most applicants at federal agencies covered by the legislation. Representative Robert Garcia’s identical amendments have been proposed in various appropriations bills, aiming to safeguard individuals from unwarranted drug .

Encouraging VA Studies on Breakthrough Therapies

Additionally, another notable , introduced by Representatives Jack Bergman and Lou Correa, encourages the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct large-scale studies into “breakthrough therapies” like psilocybin and MDMA, as designated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Continued Support for Medical Cannabis Programs

Despite certain challenges faced with previous drug policy reform amendments, both House and Senate appropriators have continued their support for protecting state medical cannabis programs in the annual spending bills. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved an amendment to allow VA doctors to issue medical cannabis recommendations and explore the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

As the legislation progresses, there’s hope for further advancements in hemp-based plastic alternatives and innovative measures to address marijuana-impaired driving, potentially paving the way for a more sustainable and safer future.

Malvin Felix
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