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Rand Paul Introduces Bill To End Marijuana Prohibition

Senator Rand Paul introduces bill to end marijuana prohibition in the US

U.S. Senator Rand Paul has introduced a bill to Congress that will end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana. 

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act will allow the possession, production and distribution of medical marijuana without the fear of prosecution from the federal government.

Marketwatch.com reports: Twenty-nine states, as well as the District of Columbia, have already legalized marijuana, but the CARERS Act would prevent the federal government from prosecuting businesses and individuals in states where medical marijuana is legal, since federally marijuana is still illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.

“The reintroduction of the CARERS Act is the first of many steps we hope this Congress will take to end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana,” Don Murphy, director of conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “Polls show overwhelmingly strong support for medical marijuana, and it spans the political spectrum.

“The federal government should not be meddling in state laws that allow it or obstructing research into its many medical benefits.”

The introduction of the bill comes days after news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote a letter to leaders of Congress asking that they undo protections for the industry under the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment. That amendment, which is tied to the federal appropriations bill, prevents the Justice Department from using federal funds to enforce federal prohibition in states with legal marijuana laws.

The act, which was first introduced in 2015, would also allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where its legal and it would give researchers more access to cannabis to conduct studies, which has been an issue in the industry.

Marijuana is made up of a multitude of cannabinoids — the two most prominent being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). While THC is the main psychoactive component, researchers believe CBD has potential medical uses. The CARERS Act would remove CBD from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of Schedule I drugs, according to Leafly, which would allow states to import it.

  1. Joanne
    June 22, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Stop treating humans like governments own them the second their mothers give birth to them!!!! No bill no law no ownership!!!!! I’m so tired of humans thinking they know what’s best for everyone else!!!!!! It’s my right as a human living on planet earth and NO one has the right to tell me when, where, how long, how high, and with a big fucking smile on my face!!! God damn leave us alone!

    • June 28, 2017 at 12:43 PM

      Wait, are you mad about this? This bill would be to end prohibition on a federal level. I think that is what you want based on your comment, yeah?

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