Legislation to End Federal Prohibition on Medical Cannabis Announced in U.S. Senate
On Tuesday, March 10, 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.