12 Mar Carers Act introduced to Senate
As the states lead the way toward ending prohibition, there has been more movement at the federal level against the prohibition of Marijuana-at least for medical purposes.
Three Senators introduced legislation on Tuesday which could end the fear of federal prosecution for patients in states which allow medical access to marijuana. The bill is called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act; and it would cause the federal government to step aside with regards to medical marijuana.
The bill was introduced by Senators Rand Paul, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Corey Booker. The impetus for this bill can largely be credited to veterans and patients who are being denied access to Marijuana, and the need for further research in to the effects of THC and CBD. Some of the goals of the bill are to:
- Allow states to legalize marijuana for medical use without federal interference
- 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.
“This bill seeks to right decades of wrong and end unnecessary marijuana laws.”-Sen. Cory Booker
The proposed bill comes on the heels of a recent General Social Survey that showed a majority of Americans (52%) support legalization of Marijuana. This is the strongest support for legal marijuana that has been reported on the survey since it’s inception 1972. The Generel Social Survey is conducted every 2 years and is regarded as the golden standard of public opinion data.
In a press conference held earlier today, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that those who are already working in the “Legal” Medical Cannabis Industry have been demanding access to legal banking. Sen. Paul notes that if these caregivers have access to banking not only will they feel more safe, but it can help ensure tax revenue.
At the same press conference Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) also mentioned her desire to keep doctors safe from the fear of punishment for doing their jobs. Sen. Gillibrand also mentioned CBD in the press conference and states that we need to learn more about the compound.
This is the first medical marijuana bill that has been introduced to the federal legislature. It is truly an historic moment in the in the national battle to end prohibition.
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