Medical Marijuana in all 50 states will be legal if the federal law is changed.
Not a week goes by that we don’t seem to take a big step forward in society’s acceptance of marijuana (and marijuana USERS), and this week Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday in the U.S. Senate proposing to change federal law such that states could regulate the medical use of marijuana without fear of prosecution.
The major aim of the six-part legislation (S.683) is to reclassify marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act to Schedule II, thereby changing the plant from a federally-criminalized substance to one that has recognized medical uses.
This “downscheduling” would put marijuana in the same class as opioid narcotic pain relievers such as morphine and oxycodone. Currently, marijuana is on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Schedule I, the most restrictive classification of controlled substances, reserved for drugs with high addiction potential and no accepted medical use.
Currently only 23 states and the District of Columbia allow for the use of medical marijuana on a state-wide level, despite the current federal classification.
The CARERS Act would remove the potential for federal prosecution of anyone using marijuana for medical purposes, leaving states free to regulate the substances as their legislatures see fit. Along with reclassifying marijuana on the federal controlled substances list, the CARERS Act created unique opportunies:
- Marijuana could be prescribed for veterans in Veteran’s Administration medical facilities.
- Expands research by reducing the red tape to do research on marijuana.
- The CARERS Act also relaxes financial regulations on the marijuana trade by providing safe harbor for banks and credit unions to offer services to dispensaries, growers, and manufacturers.
- Finally, the bill proposes that cannabidiol be legally exempted from the federal definition of ”marijuana” This would remove CBD from the Controlled Substances Act.
THe CARERS act is extremely robust, and we feel that, and we know this is insane, but we feel that it actually has a STRONG chance of passing. Federally. We are so close people, we are so damn close to finally being free as a nation to celebrate our passions. Or, free’r than we were.