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Another Republican Signs On To New Federal Medical Marijuana Bill

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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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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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:
    Alabama
    South Carolina
    Texas
    Louisiana
    Georgia
    North Carolina

    These MMJ states have Judiciary committee members:
    Vermont
    California
    New York
    Illinois
    Rhode Island
    Minnesota
    Delaware
    Connecticut

    http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Drat. I hate to be repetitious, but here is a version from http://www.safeaccessnow.org/senators_booker_paul_and_gillibrand_introduce_unprecedented_comprehesive I believe this is the correct one:

    “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this title relating to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State law relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, laboratory testing, or delivery of medical marihuana.”

  11. Another source I looked at doesn’t have “[the Controlled Substances Act]” in the text. I suspect the following is the actual version =>

    “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of relating to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State law relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, laboratory testing or delivery of medical marihuana.”

    This version is more comprehensive since it doesn’t limit itself to the CSA.

  12. Section 2 of the proposed act overrides those provisions:

    “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of [the Controlled Substances Act] relating to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State law relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, laboratory testing or delivery of medical marihuana.”

  13. The more Republicans, the better the chance of this bill passing. Though, no matter the political party, if one side comes out in favor of ending marijuana prohibition they are guaranteed to win the election in 2016.

  14. No, there are no recreational sales of schedule 2 drugs. Schedule 2 drugs require a prescription.

  15. no at the moment weed is a schedule one and you are technically breaking fed law and liable ne ways this bill is to stop that. Further if you read making it a schedule 2 drug would allow for recreational sales and more tax revenue. So them rescheduling weed is a great thing….. Right know its a schedule one drug that means its in the same group as meth but this law would remove it from that group and make all medical card holders legal in the u.s federal gov eye so this law is a good one it will save senior citizens

  16. I think I’ve solved the mysterious case of the flip flopping Republicans.
    Behind the scenes, the American Association of Retired Persons is backing medical marijuana.
    And when AARP says “jump”, the Republicans all behave like good little froggies.

  17. Howard Wooldridge has a lot to do with the Republican shift. He meets with them every week. Was widely photographed at CPAC. And he lobbies Congress.

    Modern Prohibition/War on Drugs is the most destructive, dysfunctional and immoral policy since slavery & Jim Crow – Retired Police Detective Howard Wooldridge

    Citizens Opposing Prohibition

  18. ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ on

    They all smoked. Hell I know pastors, cops, and family members who smoked or still smoke. Cannabis is the elephant in the room

  19. Yeah, I never thought Republicans would support this kind of reform.
    They’ve gone from machine guns to marihuana as their symbol of individual rights.

  20. robert j martin on

    THIS IS A TERRIBLE BILL. By rescheduling marijuana to a class two drug would make a senior citizen like myself who grows a single plant for medical use, subject to having my home seized, and putting me in prison under the same law as if I was running A METH LAB! (manufacturing a controlled substance). Call the bill sponsors today and demand the bill be rewritten to completely remove marijuana from the DEA drug schedule, then the individual state would have the right to decide its use, taxability and legality!

  21. The Republicans have always been for stricter penalties. Now we have a Conservative Republican in Texas proposing complete abolishment of prohibition.

  22. I think the Democrats have been hiding their own drug use for so long that they don’t know how to tell the truth anymore.
    Do you really believe that Hillary NEVER smoked pot?

  23. It’s time to make noise, people. Get on norml.org, mpp.org, safeaccessnow.org, and tell your reps to pass the CARERS Act. Cannabis prohibition must end, and it won’t unless we demand it.

  24. Email your representatives today and tell them you want them to cosponsor this bill. Most have probably never heard of it.

  25. Getting 15+ to sign on would really give this bill some momentum. Four is a nice start though.

  26. darthhillbilly on

    My hope is that with the introduction of the CARERS Act more people will write, call, or email their congressmen. With pressure from the people they will have to look closer at bills that are pending in home states as well as the CARERS Act itself. We need this legislation. Stop “The War on Drugs/Americans”. Free The Weed!!!

  27. Hey F your republicans. They are very late to this game and are trying to play catch up so they don’t look like total turds. The polls are showing a sea of change and they are late jumping into the boat.

  28. ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ on

    Is it me or are Republicans real stoners wanting this bill to pass so they can hotbox the floor? Many Republicans seem to be 100% for Cannabis, but before it was hush hush. I guess they were “Closet Cannabis Republicans” Now they can’t wait to free marry.

  29. drownedntears on

    Don’t count on Cruz on this. I hope he goes for it, but down here in the south Republicans think their careers will be ruined if they give any kind of leniency to marijuana. We have a republican introduced legalization bill waiting to go through legislation here in Texas. I don’t see a chance in hell it will even get a serious discussion.

  30. This guy

    Modern Prohibition/War on Drugs is the most destructive, dysfunctional and immoral policy since slavery & Jim Crow – Retired Police Detective Howard Wooldridge

    Has been working the Republicans – hard. Heavy on the 10 Amendment. Maybe it is having some effect.

    And I have been working this hard.

    “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

    Maybe they are getting tired of it.

  31. I have a letter from Dean Heller dated 2011 saying weed should never be legal and he repeated most of the general prohibitionist’s lines. I’m surprised at this flip flop.

  32. Now Republicans are leading the way on marijuana reform and Democrats are hiding from the issue. The Democratic Governor of New Hampshire has vowed to veto a decriminalization bill that was sponsored by a Republican.
    Have we entered some alternate reality?

  33. Lawrence Goodwin on

    My heart goes out to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who represents my home state. She’s a bold lady to challenge lawmakers to show their hands on this matter, while being genuinely determined to help families in need. Let’s hope this gets done in just a few weeks and signed into law.
    All along it’s been clear that cannabis plants definitely have medicinal qualities. Our history does not lie. Growing cannabis for medicine–or for hemp and adult recreation–must never again be banned. Federal, state and local officials have wasted 44 years’ worth of our time and money to prove that cannabis is NOT medicine, tearing apart the social fabric of this country with millions of arrests, prosecutions and incarcerations–all in an insane hunt for the cut and dried flowers of a plant. Those who remain free must submit to routine inspections of their urine, the quickest way to detect that dreaded THC. It may even be too late to revive the America that once was proud of its cannabis crops.

  34. Outstanding! That makes 2 GOP Senators on board with this bill, plus 3 more – Cruz, Roberts and Rubio – who are on record as stating that marijuana legalization should be a state’s decision.

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