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United States Senators To Introduce Historic Medical Marijuana Legislation

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congress medical marijuana senatorsOn Tuesday, March 10, at 12:30pm EST, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will host a press conference to announce sweeping bipartisan legislation that will end federal prohibition of medical marijuana, and allow patients, doctors and businesses in states with medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of prosecution. The press conference to announce the details of this wide-reaching bill will take place in the Senate and will be attended by patients and advocates, as well as the Senators.

The Drug Policy Alliance will subsequently host a teleconference on Tuesday, March 10, at 3pm EST for reporters from state and local media officials who cannot make the in-person press conference. Journalists are invited to dial in and speak to policy experts, patients, and advocates.

“Almost half the states have legalized marijuana for medical use; it’s long past time to end the federal ban,” said Michael Collins, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “This bipartisan legislation allows states to set their own medical marijuana policies and ends the criminalization of patients, their families, and the caregivers and dispensary owners and employees who provide them their medicine.”

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have laws that legalize and regulate marijuana for medicinal purposes. Twelve more 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.

Senate Press Conference:

What: Announcement of Sweeping Medical Marijuana Bill
Who: Senators Paul, Booker, and Gillibrand, advocates and patients from New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
Where: SVC 203
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 1230pm EST

Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) Teleconference:

What: Teleconference on Medical Marijuana Bill
Who: Policy experts, advocates, and patients from New York, Kentucky, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Where: Call Tony Newman for call-in information.
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 3pm EST

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  1. ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ on

    We must stay positive. If you believe in a soul or not, we are connected in thought and spirit. Cannabis freedom is moving full speed, if history proves our future. (The people) can change a nation with the fundamental absolute, called “Unity and Hope”. We are the true testament of rights. Is our salvation redemptive? If so, lets redeem freedom.

  2. Or you can go to davidsimpson.com and voice your support directly for his bill to completely abolish prohibition in Texas.

  3. http://www.dfwnorml.org/2015/03/a-video-message-from-executive-director-shaun-mcalister-calling-for-your-support-of-hb2165/

    Texas has a Tea Party member proposing a law that would strike it completely from current criminal law, effectively treating marijuana as produce like any other crop. He claims a number of fellow Republicans have pledged to support it; but he’ll need help getting it passed I’m sure.

    If you REALLY want change in Texas, now’s the time to click that link, get instructions on how to contact your state rep, and then do so. Enough support will make it happen. There’s a number of medical and decrim bills being discussed as well, but HB2165 is the HUGE one.

  4. thanks for sending this to me, but when we tried to get on initially, this link wasn’t working at the time.. I ended up watching the Huffington Post facto, that was mostly commentary. Jacob, I will be watching this later tonight, thanks!

  5. kurtisbuddylee on

    Now if the CARERS Bill gets approved does it mean that any medical doctor in New Jersey can prescribe it to their patients if they think it would medically help out the patient with out checking the 10 or less boxes for only certain illnesses that exists now?

  6. Texas needs to either legalize Marijuana for Medical use or that plain legalize it. Ticks me off!!

  7. Does this have a chance, or is it more a symbolic gesture? It just seemed to come out of nowhere. Will it get a full Senate debate and vote?

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