Senators will introduce a federal medical marijuana bill today

Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, and Cory Booker will bring forth a Senate bill to legalize the medicinal use of cannabis under federal law today, multiple outlets are reporting. This bill would give an unprecedented effort to legalize medical marijuana on a federal plateau. We have seen a many states legalize recreational cannabis the course of the past few years, and about 50% of the states have a medical marijuana program, but the proposal — entitled the “Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States  Act” — would be the largest efforts at legalization yet.


Vox is stating that the bill will also make an effort to reclassify cannabis from Schedule 1 to 2. Schedule 1 drugs are viewed as dangerous with no medicinal purpose, while Schedule 2 classification would identify cannabis medical benefits.

The bill would in theory expand on an important step that was taken back in December; Congress included a measure in the 2015 annual spending bill that effectively prohibited the federal government from focusing medical cannabis operations in states where they were allowed. It’s also does not add value that this bill will hit the floor with bipartisan backing it — Booker and Gillibrand are liberal Democrats although Paul is very conservative. We will discover whether the support will translate to the rest of the Senate tomorrow when the bill is officially presented  at 12:30PM press conference.

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