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A congressional committee has approved a bill that aims to ramp up criminalization for fentanyl-related substances, while also streamlining research into Schedule I drugs like marijuana and certain psychedelics.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee with amendments on Thursday. An amendment in the nature of a substitute was adopted by the panel, striking original provisions of the bill and replacing them with updated language that lays out penalties for fentanyl-related offenses and revised requirements for researchers interested in studying any Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

“Scheduling fentanyl-related substances should not be a political issue,” Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) said last week. “Protecting and ensuring the safety of our communities is the reason we are all here in Congress, and working to eradicate the scourge of fentanyl in order to save lives should be one of our top priorities.”

By Molly Cowell

Molly is a freelance writer who lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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