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Another Republican Signs On To New Federal Medical Marijuana Bill


federal medical marijuanaToday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) announced he is cosponsoring the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, S.683, to ensure that states, like Nevada, have the right to determine their own medical marijuana laws. The bipartisan legislation is also supported by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Heller stated:

“The time has come for the federal government to stop impeding the doctor-patient relationship in states that have decided their own medical marijuana policies. This bipartisan legislation puts Americans who are suffering first by allowing Nevada’s medical marijuana patients, providers, and businesses that are in compliance with state law, to no longer be in violation of federal law and vulnerable to federal prosecution.

“I look forward to working with Senators Booker, Paul, and Gillibrand on this legislation and to ensure states setting their own medical marijuana policies without federal interference becomes a reality.”

In addition, the CARERS Act also amends the Controlled Substances Act so states are able to set their own medical marijuana policies. With over 300,000 veterans living in Nevada, the legislation also allows for doctors at the VA to prescribe medical marijuana as a form of medical treatment.

Source: Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)


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  • wtf

    Why was this comment removed: ‘You can solve most of our government’s mysteries with these three little words. Follow the money.’

    Who would take offense with the truth?

  • When I was on the left I hated Nixon. When I moved right (some – libertarian) I still hated Nixon.

    What bothers the sh*t out of me was that I had no hope for Obama – except for Prohibition. And yet here we are 6 years in and he has done next to nothing. Worse are things like the Kettle Falls 5 (4).

    What does Obama have against black people?

    You know who I like? Rand Paul. He straight up attacks the racism of Prohibition. No other Presidential candidate – left or right – is doing that.

  • jarmstead

    M. Simon… good find my friend. I always knew Ehrlichman was a POS.

  • jarmstead

    RVA – you hit the nail on the head. When these career politicians smell money or “re-election” or; the WHITE HOUSE; they will do whatever it takes to fulfill their ambitions.

  • jarmstead

    Thanks “Johnny Green” for providing the blog. It’s about time some changes occurred and our leaders actually began doing what we seek them to do. I still do not trust these people until it becomes legal for people to grow in their own homes for their own uses.

    Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers would have rolled over in their graves if they knew we allowed our Govt to restrict what plants we put into our bodies. If Big Pharma or Tobacco shows up (now that even some of these “Red” States are coming on board with their restrictive measures, i.e. Georgia), we need to have this plant removed from any regulation that restricts adults’ decisions.

  • khh

    Good info! Given all the public interest and news coverage, it seems to me they would almost certainly send it to the full Senate. Curious whether others agree.

  • Sinclair

    More and more politicians are coming around why are the cops.

  • MrBelvedere

    A realistic baby step like this Bill is better than no progress at all. Let the Judiciary committee members know your thoughts! http://blog.mpp.org/medical-marijuana/medical-marijuana-bill-introduced-in-u-s-senate/03102015/ click “Ask your Senators to cosponsor”. SPREAD THE LINK and pound their inboxes! Put aside Rep vs Dem pettiness and stand for something. Even if you don’t agree with the bill, let them know you thoughts.

    The Act needs to get majority voted on to leave the committee for a full Senate vote.

    These non-MMJ states have Judiciary committee members:
    South Carolina
    North Carolina

    These MMJ states have Judiciary committee members:
    New York
    Rhode Island


    HR Bill 1013 asked for marijuana to be completely be descheduled AND taxed and is still “stuck in committee”, pretty much DOA.

  • HellNo

    Absolutely, and when you combine AARP with the lobby power of big pharmaceutical firms, this explains the sudden Republican turn around.
    This bill could replace medical marijuana with a big money “happy pill” for grandma.

  • HellNo

    The good news is, AARP is a powerful voter block that has been traditionally very conservative.
    The bad news is, they want prescription meds that are covered by insurance.

  • wtf

    You can solve most of our government’s mysteries with these three little words: Follow the Money.

  • wtf

    There is money to be made and the politicians are getting in line. Republican, Democrat – they don’t want to miss this gravy train.

    There is no two-party system. There is only one party at the top of the food chain – the party of power.

  • Cyndysub

    What rock did you crawl out from under?

  • Bill Doane

    better late than never