After last week’s decision by the US House of Representatives to end federal marijuana prohibition, on Wednesday it passed a bill to reduce barriers and expand scientific research into medical cannabis.

The move would enable researchers to study medical cannabis products sold in states where it is legal in order to better understand their impact and encourage more doctors to prescribe it.

Unlike the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, The Medical Marijuana Research Act attracted strong bipartisan support, but it is still likely to come unstuck when it reaches the Republican-controlled Senate.

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...