Republican, Democrat Senators Support Medical Marijuana Together
The Associated Press reported that Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democrat Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker have teamed up to support a bill to remove federal prohibitions on medical marijuana in 23 states where it is already legal.
They noted that the fact that they’ve joined forces points to the “growing acceptance of medical marijuana.”
As quoted in the market news:
The lawmakers introduced a bill intended to eliminate uncertainty surrounding marijuana use in states and the District of Columbia that allow it for medicinal purposes. The bill also would allow doctors at veterans’ hospitals to prescribe pot for medical purposes and allow banks to provide checking accounts and other financial services to marijuana dispensaries.
If approved, the bill would represent a major shift in congressional action on marijuana.
Congress has enacted legislation ensuring that the District of Columbia can’t allow marijuana to be sold legally, and GOP lawmakers have warned that city actions allowing residents to legally grow and share marijuana in private violate federal law.
Paul, Booker and Gillibrand offered a much more supportive view on Tuesday — at least on the issue of medical marijuana.
“This bill we are introducing seeks to right decades of wrong and end unnecessary marijuana laws,” Booker said at a Capitol news conference, where lawmakers were joined by veterans and other patients who use marijuana to relieve pain or suffering. All said they fear prosecution if they move to a different state or if the federal government decides to crack down on medical marijuana use.