Legislation to End Federal Prohibition on Medical Cannabis Announced in U.S. Senate

On Tuesday, March 10cannaamerica, at 12:30pm EST, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will host a press conference to introduce bipartisan legislation that would end the United State’s prohibition on medical cannabis. Specific details of the proposal will be announced at the press conference.

“Almost half the states have legalized marijuana for medical use; it’s long past time to end the federal ban,” says Michael Collins, Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “This bipartisan legislation allows states to set their own medical marijuana policies and ends the criminalization of patients, their families, and the caregivers and dispensary owners and employees who provide them their medicine.”

There are currently twenty-three states – in addition to the District of Columbia – that have laws that legalize and regulate cannabis for medicinal purposes. Twelve more states have laws on the books – or legislation about to become law – that allows for the medical use of cannabis extracts.

This new legislation would allow patients, doctors, caregivers and collectives to participate in their state’s medical cannabis program without fear of federal persecution.

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7 thoughts on “Legislation to End Federal Prohibition on Medical Cannabis Announced in U.S. Senate”

  1. I love the blog. So much good info.. The medical dispensaries should send 10 patients each to speak to congress !
    As pts. We have to stand up for our rights. We know it’s all about the Benjamin’s however that is to our benefit but I’d rather buy my “ally” than spend that and more on the meds that caused me to have a hump at the top of my spine or eat away at my digestive system etc,etc,etc,. I will put my hat in. Who else is with me ?

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  2. I have blood and bone cancer, and live in Wisconsin. In my younger years I often smoked weed, my children’s father was against it so I quit smoking and not too long after I quit him also, now @ 55 years old I live in pain.Even in my younger years I always agreed with everything natural always will.I pray Wis. will be on board soon

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  3. I’ve been disabled for exactly 10 years now. I’m on the waiting list here in Indianapolis, Indiana where I unfortunately have lived all my life. I fit into 6 of the criteria’s for medical marijuana. My spine specialist has already spoke to me about ‘If Marijuana every becomes medically or recreational legalized here I have NO PROBLEM WRITING IT FOR YOU! Unfortunately, I am on 6 different types of Pain medication. 2 of them are heavily Narcotic (40mg Oxymorphone & 30mg Roxicodone), that’s not including the narcotic that I take for my PTSD & SEVERE ANXIETY DISORDERS!! My question is to the Federal Government, and Everyone Else,, WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US THAT LIVE IN STATES THAT DONT CARE ABOUT THE REST OF US THAT ARE SUFFERING. I have wrote all the Senator’s, Mayor & Governor, I’ve sent e-mails, I’ve called,, I’ve done it all. It doesn’t freaking MATTER TO THESE PEOPLE!! There was 2 senators that tried just getting a hearing in Indianapolis ‘S -284 Sen.Tallian’, THEY WOULDNT EVEN ALLOW A HEARING!! There excuse after ALL OF SUFFERING ACTUALLY HAD OUR HOPES UP, Said that THEY WANT MORE STUPID ON SIDE EFFECTS’, WHAT A JOKE. They said they would have studies done at a local college…THEY CAME BACK 3 WEEKS LATER AND SAID THAT THERE WILL BE NO HEARING ON THE BILL SB -284! !! SO,, I HAVE SEARCHED ALL MY FAMILY MEMBERS FRIENDS AND NONE OF THEM LIVE IN A DIFFERENT STATE, JUST DIFFERENT COUNTIES IN THIS STATE THAT HAS SO MANY NEEDS FOR THE TAX REVENUES THATS ITS RIDICULOUS! ! I DO BELIEVE THAT IM PERSON ALL GOING TO LOOK I TO A FEW THING’S, THIS IS WHY I AM ASKING WHY ARE WE LETTING HALF OF THE COUNTRY TO GET WELL, BUT THE HELL WITH THE REST OF US THAT NEED OUR MEDICINE! ! THATS WHAT YOU ARE SAYING TO THE OTHER 10-12 STATES! !! It’s NOT like there’s NOT ENOUGH MEDICINE TO GO AROUND,, THIS IS GOD’S MEDICINE, HE MADE SURE THERE WAS ENOUGH FOR ALL OF US!!! I just turned 43 years old,, I’ve been taking these toxic pharmaceutical companies medicines now for 10 years,,, I WANT to KEEP A HEALTHY LIVER, AND THE REST OF MY ORGANS THAT ALL OF THESE PILLS I’VE GOT NO CHOICE, BUT TO TAKE HURT ME MORE AND MORE EVERY SINGLE PILL AT A TIME, MY BODY HAS GOT TO FILTER THE TOXINS Throughout my syetem! ITS JUST WRONG, IT SHOULDNT BE UPTO EACH STATE!! I SPEAK FOR MILLIONS WHEN I SAY “IF ITS LEGALIZED IN WASHINGTON DC, IT SHOULD BE LEGALIZED! !! ((MEANING EVERY STATE IN OUR COUNTRY))#ITSWRONGTONOTBELEGALIZEDINALLSTATES!!

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  4. I agree Peggy I been a legal cannabis caregiver, patient and grower since 2000. My edibles tinctures oil and medicine flowers helps me big time with my arthritis and 25 yr ago back injury. Still healthy and going strong at 61 i havent taken man-made addicting killing side-effect big pharms poison dope pills since 2000.

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  5. Yes it should be used for medical reasons. Mine is soooo much pain in my hip joints. Makes it very hard to sit, stand and walk. Pain pills DON’T WORK.

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