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Federal Medical Marijuana Bill Adds A Fifth Sponsor


barbara boxer marijuanaRecently Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a medical marijuana bill into the United States Senate. It was the first time that such a bill had been introduced in the Senate. Shortly thereafter a fourth Senator, Dean Heller (R-NV) added his name to the bill. Yesterday a fifth Senator, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) added her name to the bill too. Per the Washington Post:

“Senator Boxer is a strong supporter of California’s medical marijuana law and she believes that patients, doctors and caregivers in states like California should be able to follow state law without fear of federal prosecution,” Zachary Coile, Boxer’s communications director, said in a statement.

According to federal records, Boxer, who is not seeking reelection next year, cosponsored the bill on Tuesday, although her office issued no announcement of her support. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) also sponsored the bill last week, saying in a news release that “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.”

Boxer’s support is in line with her past comments on marijuana. In 2010, her campaign manager told Talking Points Memo that Boxer opposed a state legalization measure “because she shares the concerns of police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials that this measure could lead to an increase in crime, vehicle accidents and higher costs for local law enforcement agencies.” But, the spokeswoman added, Boxer does support California’s medical marijuana law.

Legendary activist Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority was also quoted in the article. I saw Tom post the following message on Twitter when the news broke that Barbara Boxer had sponsored the bill:

“Endorsement from Boxer, who’s never done much to for medical marijuana til now, is a sign the dam’s about to break.”

I would completely agree with Tom. I think we are about to see the flood gates open up on this bill, with many more Senators coming out to sponsor this bill. It took a really, really long time to get to this point in marijuana policy. But like the saying goes, ‘good things take time, great things happen all at once.’ I hope that proves to be the case with this bill. Patients’ lives depend on it.


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  • ding dong

    refreshing? like smelling feces after being in a sulfur atmosphere? Paul is a one percenter out for the other 1% nothing more.

  • MrPC

    Us liberals and moderates have multiple sources of information and can actually think for ourselves, thanks very much. When you’re making less than you were twenty years ago, and the company CEO makes thousands of times more then you (and you are fine with that,) you’ve been brainwashed.

  • David Reed

    It is all well and good that everyone coming out for medical marijuana, as I myself use it to control my PTSD, pain and anger. But I want to see it legal for however your use is, fears of rise in crime is unfounded in my opinion.

  • Trust a politician? As my grandpappy always used to say, “They are all crooks.”

  • How about the other half. A handful of elite, ultra-rich liberals. They have somehow been
    able to convince (brainwash?) about half of ordinary citizens into doing
    their bidding, using fear, hatred and lies as their tools.

    But it may not be totally hopeless. The Koch Bros. and G Soros want to end cannabis prohibition.

    BTW government will not protect us from the owners of government.

  • EO,

    You failed to mention up front that it was likely alcohol that caused the brain damage.

  • Heroin is not “heroin”. Alcohol is more dangerous and at least as addicting. Refer madness is what they do to all drugs. Black Markets are the government’s stock in trade.

    BTW I’m a TEA Party guy. We have way more government than we can afford. Or hadn’t you noticed?

    BTW I doubt if Mr. “list” is a TEA Party guy. He probably works for the g’mint.


    If came down to Hillary or Paul I would go with Paul.



  • Mike in Stone Mtn

    I agree with ding dong. When conversations started in earnest several years ago about legalizing cannabis/medical marijuana, proponents started posting comments on different websites, Problem was, they would CAPITALIZE EVERY WORD and use profanity (f*** this, f*** that). If you really want to change the positions of people straddling the fence, you’re more apt to be successful with reasoned discourse and valid statistics. Other wise, you come across as what people fear about cannabis.

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  • ding dong

    travel on poor boy


    Cannabis is not a fashion statement.


    I was busted before. And still refuse to listen.

  • Tricky Ricky

    Democrats are stupid.. Republicans are smart. I actually used to think exactly like you, but the Bush years/Tea Party era ruined me from ever registering R ever again. Been reformed since 2006. I don’t how how you do it.