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Harris is backing medical pot research measure

Harris is backing medical pot research measure

Rep. Andy Harris, the Baltimore County Republican at the center of a controversy last year over the District of Columbia's marijuana legalization, is pushing a bipartisan measure on Wednesday that would expand federally funded research of medical marijuana.

The amendment, which has support from another Republican and two Democrats, would put pot in a new subclassification of drugs that sponsors say would make it easier for the National Institutes of Health and the Drug Enforcement Administration to study it.

Harris, a Johns Hopkins-trained anesthesiologist, is offering the language as an amendment to a sweeping overhaul of NIH and Food and Drug Administration programs that...