Senate Bipartisan Bill Could Change the Future of Marijuana in the U.S.

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Jessica Renae Buxbaum
A Senate bipartisan could drastically reform U.S. policy on medical marijuana.

the Senate will consider legalizing medical marijuana

A Senate bipartisan bill introduced Tuesday could end the war on medical marijuana in the United States.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act,  introduced by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) would significantly reduce the federal government’s crackdown of medical marijuana across the U.S. The bill 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.”

The bill would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug, meaning highest potential for abuse and zero medical value, to Schedule 2, labeling it as a less dangerous drug with medical value.

The bill would also end federal barriers to marijuana research, give greater access to veterans and prevent the federal government from intervening in states’ marijuana laws.

The legislation is revolutionary in utilizing pot’s medicinal properties and providing greater access for those in need. The nation is in the majority progressive in its view of marijuana use with 58 percent in favor of legalizing the drug. Yet we are still run by a government that sees weed as harmful rather than beneficial, and thereby criminalizing and costing U.S. taxpayers $7.5 billion to $10 billion each year in marijuana violations. While not everyone readily agrees marijuana is healthy, the need to end its excessive criminalization is apparent.

And Senator Rand Paul agrees.

"I think drugs, marijuana included, aren’t good for you,” said Paul in an interview last year. “That being said, I don’t want to put our kids in prison for it.”

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