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Stefanik votes against cannabis research bill

Jul 27, 2022 1:56 pm

On July 26, the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan cannabis research bill. The Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act passed 325-to-95, with all the no votes coming from Republicans. But more Republicans, 109, voted for the bill than against. Locally, though, Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik voted against the bill, while Democrats Paul Tonko, from the 20th District, and Sean Maloney, from the 18th District, voted for the bill. There was no vote cast from the 19th Congressional District, as Democrat Antonio Delgado resigned earlier in the year to become New York's Lt. Gov. "The bill allows certain registered entities (including institutions of higher education, practitioners, and manufacturers) to manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess marijuana," H.R.8454 says. Some observers expect the bipartisanship to continue when the Senate votes, which would make this the first-ever standalone cannabis reform bill to reach a president's desk.