Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill

Written By: Jen Neville
January 7, 2019

Medical Marijuana Bill

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The 116th Congress went into session recently, and a bipartisan marijuana reform bill was already introduced in the House. Lawmakers re-introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow patients to have access to medical marijuana in states where marijuana is legal without fear of federal prosecution.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, if passed, would amend federal law to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies and permit doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans to treat serious and chronic conditions. The legislation would not legalize medical marijuana in all 50 states but would respect the states’ decisions to legalize medical marijuana and would prevent federal law enforcement from prosecuting patients, doctors and caregivers in those states.

Congressman Cohen commented, “The national consensus on medical marijuana is solid and bipartisan, but our federal drug laws continue to treat patients and their doctors like criminals. Our bill would bring federal medical marijuana policy in line with the views of the overwhelming majority of Americans by allowing states to set their own marijuana laws, allowing patients, including veterans, to receive the treatments they need from their doctors and improving opportunities for research on marijuana."

Congressman Young added, “I’m hopeful that this is going to be a productive Congress regarding the debate over national cannabis policy. Important components such as protecting medical cannabis, access to CBD, expanding research opportunities, and allowing veterans access are provisions in the CARERS Act. This is the kind of bipartisan effort that doesn’t happen every day but should serve as an example of how we can solve the problems that our constituents have sent us here to do. I look forward to promoting this legislation and other measures to protect the rights of states and individuals.”

The CARERS Act would help ensure access to treatment for those who benefit from medical marijuana – from children suffering from chronic illnesses to veterans battling PTSD.

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