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Rep. Andy Harris, foe of legalized marijuana, leads push for research

Rep. Andy Harris, foe of legalized marijuana, leads push for research

Two years after Rep. Andy Harris put himself in the center of a controversy over legalizing marijuana in the nation's capital, the conservative Republican is emerging as a leading voice advocating for more research into the drug's medicinal value.

Harris, a Johns Hopkins-trained anesthesiologist who hangs a white lab coat in his waiting room on Capitol Hill, has been working for roughly a year to build a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who want to ease restrictions on marijuana for the purpose of studying its effect on debilitating diseases.

Harris and other lawmakers intend to introduce legislation this week to create a less cumbersome process for marijuana researchers...

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