A group of bipartisan senators are attempting to change the classification of marijuana to Schedule II, allowing it to be accepted for medical use. This would allow states to enact medical marijuana laws without the fear of federal interference and prosecution.
Republican Senator Rand Paul, along with Democrats Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, have introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act. The bill is to legalize medical marijuana in states have have already passed legislation to allow for the use of it. In essence, this law would follow along the lines of the Obama Administration’s notion of not pursuing charges against the use of medical marijuana in states that have passed pro-marijuana legislation.
Gillibrand stated that Cannabis can treat many illnesses and ailments. Paul said that the law should not punish doctors for trying to help people, making it legal will allow them to prescribe marijuana more easily.
Moreover, the CARERS Act would readily allow medical marijuana businesses to use normal banks without fear of engaging in illegal activity as stated the federal government. Corey Barnette, owner of District Growers, in Washington, D.C., stated having a cash-only business makes stores carry a vast amount of money within the store, which is not a safe business practice. The senators said the legislation will allow growers of medical marijuana and the stores that sell it to operate in a safer environment, allowing people to treat their ailments without persecution from the government.
By Alex Lemieux
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