Tuesday, US senators introduced ground breaking legislation on the use of medical marijuana in a bipartisan effort that seeks to end federal restrictions on consumption.
“Highly trained officials in our country, as doctors, scientists and medical staff, can not prescribe or recommend this drug that could alleviate the pain and suffering of their patients,” said Sen. Cory Booker told reporters.
“Our federal government has far exceeded the bounds of common sense, fiscal prudence and compassion with its marijuana laws.”
The Compassionate Access Act, Expansion Research and Respect States (CARERS) would eliminate federal penalties and restrictions to produce, distribute and possess marijuana for medical reasons, provided that everything is done according to the law.
The CARERS law also gives veterans access to medical marijuana in states where it is legal and what is crucial, it allows financial institutions to provide banking services to entrepreneurs interested in the business of production and distribution of marijuana .
If passed, the law would also change the classification of cannabis in the list of controlled substances, to move from “Category 1” to “Category 2”. This change in would eliminate existing barriers to research and allow the recognition of marijuana as a drug with accepted medical use.
Under the current law, people traveling to other states where medical marijuana is legal would be arrested if they cross borders of that state and return home with the drug.
The group Americans for Safe Access, which advocates the legalization of marijuana, described the draft text as “revolutionary”.