Sen. Gillibrand to Speak at National Cannabis Industry Association’s Summit in New York

On September 21, 2015, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., will become the first sitting U.S. Senator to speak at a marijuana industry event as the keynote speaker. She will address the National Cannabis Industry Association in New York.

“It’s time to update our outdated federal laws that prevent patients in need from receiving care, restrict research on medical marijuana and its potential to treat illnesses, and limit the responsible growth of the medical marijuana industry,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “This summit is an opportunity to learn about the progress we’ve made in the movement to reform our federal laws and support modern medical marijuana policies.”

Gillibrand has become an increasingly vocal supporter of medical marijuana reform over the past several years, becoming one of the most prominent women in national politics to actively support the call for marijuana reform. All of the other prominent women in the national Democratic party had, until Gillibrand’s support, continued to call for “more research” without doing anything else to facilitate it. In the House of Representatives, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., angered national advocates for voting against a call to halt DEA raids in states where marijuana is legal under state law.

As of this March, Gillibrand became one of the original cosponsors of the CARERS Act, which would reschedule marijuana to a Schedule II drug, allow access for veterans and institute a final ban on federal authorization to conduct marijuana raids in states where it is legal. Its passage would open the doors for federal research, remove most if not all of the problems on the banking side, and allow for the cross-state border transport of at least CBD.

When Gillibrand joined Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., in March to introduce the legislation in the Senate, she remarked that Congress needed to catch up with the states. Gillibrand’s fellow senator from New York, Sen. Charles Schumer, added his name as a cosponsor later in the summer. He also did so as the Senate’s older guard, including Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, began voicing opposition to further legalization on the federal level.

“Senator Gillibrand is a powerful advocate for patients whose lives can be changed dramatically by legal access to medical cannabis,” said NCIA Executive Director Aaron Smith in a statement about her visit to the industry event in New York. “By championing much-needed reforms to federal marijuana laws, she’s shown herself to be a leader with vision and compassion. We’re proud to host her at NCIA’s Fall Summit.”

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