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Bipartisan Senate Bill Could Reschedule Cannabis

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Could Reschedule Cannabis

A landmark bill has been submitted by three U.S. Senators that would mark yet another highly significant win for cannabis culture in this ever-changing time in marijuana history. Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand have all banded together to introduce The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act.

The bill would end the federal ban on cannabis and reduce its status from a Schedule I substance to a Schedule II substance. With these changes, researchers would have more access to the plant for experiments, physicians could openly recommend cannabis as treatment and banks would be able to legally provide service to businesses.

“This bipartisan legislation allows states to set their own medical marijuana policies and ends the criminalization of patients, their families, and the caregivers and dispensary owners and employees who provide them their medicine,” said Michael Collins, the policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance.

During a live stream held today, patients came forward to express the urgent need for the the shift in cannabis policy. They shared their personal stories, recounting the numerous treatments they’ve attempted before coming to cannabis as a healing aid. The tales pain, loss of mobility, spasms and nausea shed light to the importance of providing safe, legal access to cannabis.

“The voices of families and veterans and others affected are the most powerful and speak to the common sense of this legislation,” Booker proudly said.

What do you think? Should cannabis be rescheduled? Tell us in the comments below.

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  1. Brandon Dale Alday

    March 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I was in Colorado when the 6 months anniversary of the legalisation happened. I had the opportunity to speak with a local policeman and he stated that his job was completely different since pot was legalized. He stated that he and his department were surprised by the way the public treated them now vs before and their work load was significantly reduced.
    Based on those facts alone I believe pot should be legalized just to stop the violence between police and the general public. What better way to end violence than to share a joint with a cop instead of a bullet? Arrests are down in the state’s that have lifted the ban, another point. Finally we don’t know the curative properties fully yet but myself personally I am a veteran of the US Navy and I am psychotic with a severe disrespect for authority syndrome. The only way I keep myself in check is with pot.I also have a hiatial hernia and pot helps me get and keep food down without the skeletal issues associated with nexium.

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