Federal medical marijuana bill, it’s happening

Three senators are introducing a bill that will give states freedom with medical marijuana. Should the bill pass, medical marijuana dispensaries will not have to worry about having their business shut down by the federal government.

The bill, to be introduced by Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), would end the federal ban on medical marijuana.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would “allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution,” according to a joint statement from the senators’ offices. The bill will also “make overdue reforms to ensure patients – including veterans receiving care from VA facilities in states with medical marijuana programs – access the care they need.”

President Obama and the Justice Department currently don’t go after medical dispensaries, but who knows what will happen when his time his up. This is a good move that will allow dispensary owners to sleep easy, although they probably don’t have trouble with that.


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