Bipartisan Bill to End Federal #Prohibition of #MedicalMarijuana Reintroduced in U.S. Senate
The CARERS Act would allow the possession, production, and distribution of medical marijuana in states that have made it legal; lift the ban on Veterans Affairs doctors recommending it to patients in those states; and improve access to marijuana for medical research
* Statement below from Don Murphy of the Marijuana Policy Project *
WASHINGTON - June 15, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Corey Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reintroduced a bill Thursday that would end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also signed on to the legislation as original co-sponsors.
The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (or CARERS) Act of 2017 would allow individuals and entities to possess, produce, and distribute medical marijuana if they are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. It would also open up avenues to medical marijuana research and allow physicians employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it is legal. The bill also proposes excluding cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana, from the federal government's definition of "marijuana."
This is the second time the CARERS Act has been introduced. It was first introduced on March 10, 2015, during the 114th Congress.
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