Medical marijuana bill sponsor says conservative Virginia Republican Rep. Goodlatte is a supporter

A Florida Republican backing a bipartisan bill to make medical marijuana research easier said that House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has agreed to co-sponsor the legislation, potentially bolstering its chances in the House.

Rep. Matt Gaetz said Tuesday night that Goodlatte. a conservative Virginia Republican, was now a co-signer of his Medical Cannabis Research Act. A spokesman for Gaetz said that the measure was to be introduced on Wednesday or Thursday, with its sponsors set to hold a news conference on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Goodlatte, who is not running for re-election, declined to comment, though on Tuesday night Gaetz was circulating a handout explaining the legislation with the Judiciary chairman listed as a co-sponsor.

The legislation is being introduced as the legalization of marijuana has gained broader acceptance in the U.S. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump endorsed allowing states to decide how to regulate the drug, aiding the marijuana industry. >>>

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