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H.R. 5520 (115th): VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018

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To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use the authority of the Secretary to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Timothy Walz

Sponsor. Representative for Minnesota's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 18, 2018
Length: 6 pages
Apr 16, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 8, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


55 Cosponsors (44 Democrats, 11 Republicans)


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What legislators are saying

Curbelo Condemns Attorney General’s Roadblocking of Legal American Businesses After DEA Allows Canadian THC & CBD Imports for Research
    — Rep. Carlos Curbelo [R-FL26, 2015-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 19, 2018

House Veterans Affairs Committee Advances Rep. Peters Bipartisan VA Health Care Transparency and Competition Bill
    — Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA50] (Co-sponsor) on May 8, 2018

Rep. Correas Veterans Cannabis Research Bill Passes Committee
    — Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46] (Co-sponsor) on May 8, 2018

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Apr 16, 2018

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May 8, 2018
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H.R. 5520 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5520. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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