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Congressmen Introduce House Version Of Bipartisan Federal Medical Marijuana Bill

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federal medical marijuana billRep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK) have introduced the House companion to a groundbreaking bill legalizing marijuana for medical use that was introduced in the Senate two weeks ago by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) co-sponsored the bill soon after.

“Reforming our nation’s failed drug policies is one of the few issues Democrats and Republicans can agree on,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance.   “The tide is quickly turning against marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs in general. ”

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States – CARERS – Act is the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress. The CARERS Act will do the following:

  • Allow states to legalize marijuana for medical use without federal interference
  • Permit interstate commerce in cannabidiol (CBD) oils
  • Reschedule marijuana to schedule II
  • Allow banks to provide checking accounts and other financial services to marijuana dispensaries
  • Allow Veterans Administration physicians to recommend medical marijuana to veterans
  • Eliminate barriers to medical marijuana research.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have laws that legalize and regulate marijuana for medicinal purposes. Twelve states have laws on the books or are about to be signed into law by their governors regulating cannabidiol (CBD) oils, a non-psychotropic component of medical marijuana which some parents are utilizing to treat their children’s seizures. Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for non-medical use.

Last year, the Republican-controlled House passed an amendment to a spending bill prohibiting the Department of Justice from undermining state medical marijuana laws. This amendment was backed by Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker and made it into the final “cromnibus” bill that was signed by President Obama in December. Unfortunately the amendment expires at the end of this fiscal year, making legislation like the CARERS Act essential.

The House also passed three other amendments last year letting states set their own marijuana policies, but those amendments never made it into law. Polls show roughly three-quarters of Americans support legalizing marijuana for medical use. A little more than half of voters support legalizing marijuana for non-medical use, in the same way alcohol is legal, taxed, and regulated.

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  1. I used to think term limits was a bad idea, but I think I’ve changed my mind in the last few years. Two or three terms for a congressman or senator is plenty, then they can go become expensive lobbyists.

  2. they need to put a time limit on politicianslike this 80 year old career politician should have only served maybe 2 timeswe need to stop these politicians from serving more

  3. ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ on

    These old ignorant men and women will be replaced with young up to date humanity. Grassley will be remember as a man who held medicine from the majority. As more die. As more suffer. As more become weak. Grassley will play games with the sick, for his own morality and dark justice. Conservatives are for small government when it works for them. Hippocrates, is the fundamental problem with this nations political stage.

  4. Johnny oneye on

    Politricksters
    schedule 2 just as bad as schedule 1
    This bill will allow Pharma to take over
    cannabis production.
    Block cheese
    Grow your own and the right to safe and affordable cannabinoids is the way to go.
    This is the best we can do 2016?

  5. Well, we should pound Sen. (No)Grassley’s voice mail, email and every other mail until he gets a headache to “get out of the way” of cannabis legalization,re/de scheduling,etcetera.
    Anyone got his number?

  6. MaineMountainMedicine on

    good points commenters, ive been worried about the whole schedule two thing. it need to be unscheduled and people should view it as any other non toxic vegetable

  7. ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ on

    All FDA approved drugs has a warning of death. Funny, how Cannabis has no such warning and they are debating it.

  8. A step in the right direction – Yes. But Schedule II puts it in the hands of Big Pharma only. Taking it from illegal to half-assed is, well, HALF-ASSED.

  9. Idaho hippy coalition on

    the public is speaking out very loudly against our marijuana laws. and it is very safe to assume that many are still in the closet on this issue and will not voice their opinion unless it is in the voting booth.politicians need to either hear our voice, or lose their seat in office. I think that many of them are realizing that fact on this issue at least.

  10. . Allow states to legalize cannabis for use without federal interference. (fixed)
    . Deschedule cannabis (If push comes to shove, reschedule it to lll or below). (not fixed with reschedule to lll but can be fixed in time)
    .
    I can live with the rest.

  11. This is a ok start but the bill should cover any form of legalization. It is not worded for recreational use. I also want to point out that is says VA. Doctors may prescribe medical. What if the doctor in the VA hospitals are told not to prescribe Marijuana this could be a problem considering the beurcrats in charge of the VA. Only care about money and not human lives.

  12. And so one very conservative 80-plus-year-old career politician is going to stop this bill before it sees the light of day. That seems rational.

  13. He should be asked to reconcile his stance on CARERS with his co-sponsorship of a bill to restore the 10th Amendment. Anyone from Iowa here? _____________________________________________________________________

    RESTORING THE 10TH AMENDMENT ACT — (Senate – November 14, 2013)

    Mr. WICKER. Mr. President, today I wish to express my support for the Restoring the 10th Amendment Act–S. 1643. This legislation, which I have introduced with nine of my colleagues, represents an effort to ensure that States’ rights are protected against further Federal encroachment.

    -snip-

    This bill recognizes that the 10th Amendment is as important today as it was on the date of its ratification. It would keep the executive
    branch accountable and preserve the integrity of our constitutional
    system of checks and balances.

    Senators Cochran, Grassley, Isakson, Sessions, Roberts, Thune, Inhofe, Crapo, Risch, Enzi, and Cornyn have joined me as cosponsors.

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r113:S14NO3-0035:/

  14. lets get him outa there…and conduct business like they do us!!!!! this is our country not his! he is a public servant not there to be served…

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