Historic Legalization Bill Hits the Senate

Historic Legalization Bill Hits the Senate

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A bipartisan trio of senators brought a landmark bill to the Senate today. If passed the legislation would bring an end to federal prosecution of state-legalized medical marijuana operations and re-designate marijuana a Schedule II or III drug.

The bill is called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, and the rock star senators responsible are Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

“Doctors and patients deserve federal laws that are fair and compassionate, and states should be able to set their own medical marijuana policies without federal interference,” Senator Booker said at a press conference today. “I am thankful to Senators Gillibrand and Paul as well as the Drug Policy Alliance for their hard work on this common-sense bill to make medical marijuana accessible to the millions of Americans who could benefit from it. ”

In addition to putting an end to DEA shenanigans, the wide-sweeping bill would make CBD-focused strains and products 100% declassified, organizations wanting to research medical marijuana would have a much easier time doing it, cannabis firms would have a wider access to banking, and war veterans would be able to get medicated much easier than they can now.

Many other senators and politicians have pledged allegiance with the bill. “I am thankful to Senators Gillibrand and Paul as well as the Drug Policy Alliance for their hard work on this common-sense bill to make medical marijuana accessible to the millions of Americans who could benefit from it,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project.

If you’re a fan of press conferences, you can watch the whole thing right here…

 

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