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U.S. Army to Consider Making Sniper Uniforms Out of Hemp, Germany’s Health Minister Says They are Taking a Safety-First Approach to Legalization, and Leaders in Congress Want More Research on Psychedelics

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U.S. Army to Consider Making Sniper Uniforms Out of Hemp

The United States Army has expressed an interest in making sniper uniforms out of hemp. Last week, the Army posted a Request for Information (RFI) stating that they want to explore alternative materials to improve sniper uniforms. The Army thinks that hemp and jute could potentially help better camouflage snipers close to enemy combatants. The RFI also states that the hemp yarn can be imported or spun domestically. The Army wants to ensure that the yarn can be in direct contact with the skin for prolonged periods and that the material does pose any threat to soldiers’ health. July 27th is the due date for responses to the RFI. 

Germany’s Health Minister Says They are Taking a Safety-First Approach to Legalization

According to Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach, Germany’s recreational legalization program will focus on safety and youth protection. Lauterbach discussed the plans for legalization at the health ministry’s hearings on adult-use cannabis legalization. The hearings featured experts in law, business, addiction, and other areas pertinent to an upcoming legal cannabis market. The health minister also confirmed that Germany plans to have a draft law complete by the end of 2022. Lauterbach admitted that he used to be against cannabis legalization but has changed his stance on the matter. He said, “The repressive approach to cannabis has failed.”

Leaders in Congress Want More Research on Psychedelics

Leadership within the House Appropriations Committee has recently taken a more active interest in researching the potential health benefits of psychedelics. A manager’s amendment to legislation regarding the Department of Health and Human Services expresses this interest. In the amendment, there is language in two sections that mentions the possible therapeutic benefits of psychedelics. One section calls for more research into the use of psychedelics to treat PTSD and depression. The other section that specifically mentions psychedelics discusses their use as a possible option for helping military veterans combat certain conditions. The measures were adopted by the committee last week and build upon current drug policy reform provisions of the appropriations bill.