Medical Marijuana Bill Aims to Fight Jeff Sessions
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Medical Marijuana Bill Aims to Fight Jeff Sessions
Posted by CN Staff on June 16, 2017 at 10:47:05 PT
By Matt Laslo
Source: Rolling Stone
Washington, D.C. -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would allow state medical marijuana laws to supersede the current federal prohibition on weed. The bill is dubbed the CARERS Act, which stands for the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act."The fact is our marijuana laws in America are broken," Democratic Sen. Cory Booker said at the bill's unveiling at the Capitol. "They are savagely broken, and the jagged pieces are hurting American people."
The legislation would allow the varying laws legalizing some form of medical marijuana in 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam to stand. When it was introduced in 2015 it was the first ever medical marijuana bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. But times have changed since then.For one, back then the bill only had three original sponsors: Booker, Democratic Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand and Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who has long supported medical marijuana as part if his libertarian platform. Now it has six, adding Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mike Lee. The other big change from 2015: Donald Trump now occupies the Oval Office.While running for president Trump said marijuana laws should be decided at the state level, but then he tapped marijuana-hating Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general.It just came to light that Sessions privately sent a letter to congressional leaders in May asking them to undo a provision in federal law that bars his Justice Department from going after legal marijuana businesses."I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime," Sessions penned. "The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives."But the new bill's proponents argue Sessions' thinking is misguided, especially when it comes to people gripped with epilepsy and those who suffer from seizures who report cannabidiol, or CBD as it's commonly known, is a miracle cure that cuts their seizures down as much as 45 percent."I dare him to sit down with families and listen to their stories and then pursue a policy like he's advocating for now," Booker says of Sessions' letter going after medical marijuana businesses. The CARERS Act would take CBD off the list of controlled substances, which would allow children in states where medical marijuana isn't legal to access the life changing oil.While the bill's proponents know their proposal faces an uphill battle, they also say they believe the effort is quickly picking up steam, especially because many red states have now passed some form of legal weed. "I believe things are changing and they're changing fast," Sen. Gillibrand tells Rolling Stone. "I think we will get the support we need."The legislation also allows the nation's veterans to access legal weed by removing the current restriction that bars doctors at Veterans Affairs hospitals from prescribing pot to their patients. But it doesn't go near the politically touchy subject of what to do with the nation's eight states and the District of Columbia that have opted to legalize weed for recreational use. But many of the bill's proponents say that effort will come later. Correction: A previous version of this article listed one of the supporters as Steve Cohen. He is a supporter of the bill in the House, not the Senate. Source: Rolling Stone (US)Author:  Matt LasloPublished: June 19, 2017Copyright: 2017 Straight Arrow Publishers Company, L.P.Contact: letters rollingstone.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by HempWorld on June 21, 2017 at 08:19:30 PT
Mexico legalises medical marijuana
The President, Enrique Pena Nieto, has officially published a bill allowing its use for health and scientific purposes.The bill was passed in April, with an overwhelming 371 members of the Lower House of Congress voting in favour, with only 19 politicians voting against or abstaining.It also received popular support from the Mexican Senate in December, with 98 senators voting to pass the bill and seven voting against.The law authorises the Ministry of Health to create new regulations for medical marijuana use, as well as "how to regulate the research and national production of them."It also establishes that industrial products with concentrations of one percent THC or less would be legal to buy, sell, import and export.Recreational use of marijuana remains broadly prohibited in Mexico.But President Nieto – once staunchly anti-drugs – has called for a global rethink towards narcotics.He said they should be viewed through a public health lens which doesn’t criminalise users.
Mexico legalises medical marijuana
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Comment #6 posted by HempWorld on June 21, 2017 at 06:18:28 PT
Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana!
Peña Nieto was once a vehement opponent of cannabis legalization, but has since called for a re-examination of global drug policy after a nationwide public debate on legalization in early 2016. “So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Peña Nieto told the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”
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Comment #5 posted by Had Enough on June 20, 2017 at 17:01:15 PT
He has become an embarrassment...he won't be there much longer...his time is up...outdated...and he will be shown the door...of course he will get bucoo retirement dollars and other bennies paid for by the taxpayers...and then we can get to deal with the next ones...
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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on June 17, 2017 at 15:54:47 PT
The Sacred Plant!
There was a Q&A today at noon Eastern, and tomorrow/Sunday, there will be Q&A No. 2 at noon Eastern, as well.Great stuff!
The Sacred Plant!
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on June 17, 2017 at 07:04:02 PT
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The Sacred Plant! All 7 Episodes this weekend only!
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on June 16, 2017 at 17:33:59 PT
Is this not related.?.?.?
Jeff Sessions could have power to unilaterally write federal drug policy, say critics of new billThe Attorney General would be able to place new compounds in a new drug schedule, Schedule A, for a period of up to five years. bill “gives the Attorney General a ton of power in terms of scheduling drugs and pursuing penalties,” said Michael Collins of the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group. “This is a giant step backwards and really it’s doing the bidding of Jeff Sessions as he tries to escalate the war on drugs.”-0-As long as the ignoid believe cannabis is a "drug," I don't believe this is good except that I don't think the movement can be thwarted.(((Imagine those uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinners with the one politically / morally screwed up individual!!!!!)& by the way, before any power is expanded to the ignoid, can We wait to see if He even has a job a month from now? 
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on June 16, 2017 at 11:08:05 PT
It is clear that Sessions has to go!
"Trump said marijuana laws should be decided at the state level, but then he tapped marijuana-hating Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general."So way behind the times, if you know anything about cannabis' medical potential!
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