Congressional Affairs, February 2019

Prepared February 5, 2019

Hearings, Briefings, Meetings

September 19 - Dr. Kathy Etz, NIDA Director of Native American Programs, participated in a meeting with Congressman David McKinley at West Virginia University to discuss ways in which the Appalachian region could further strengthen its biomedical research capabilities.

Legislation of Interest

Mid-term elections took place on November 6, 2018. Ninety-four new Members of Congress were elected. The outgoing 115th Congress passed the "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018," known colloquially as the "2018 Farm Bill," which was subsequently signed into law by the President. Relevant to NIDA, the bill removes hemp (defined as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant with a THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis) from the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it will no longer be illegal under federal law. The bill also removes residual THC in hemp from Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act. The 116th Congress commenced on January 3. The following bills relevant to marijuana have been introduced: