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.”

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Minnesota Senate Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Cannabis

A proposal to legalize medical cannabis has been approved by Minnesota’s Senate Health, Human Services and Housingmedcannabis Committee. The committee approved the measure with a 7 to 3 vote.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 1641 would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis to those with a qualifying condition – such as cancer, post traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain – who receive a recommendation from a physician. Dispensaries will also be legalized in order to provide safe access points for patients to obtain their medicine.

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