U.S. Senate Medical Marijuana Bill

10 Mar 2015 11:02 AM | Anonymous member

Date: March 10, 2015

For immediate release: The American Cannabis Nurses Association has endorsed The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

“Finally we seeing some movement on the federal level with regard to this important matter of public health,” said Alice O’Leary-Randall, member of the Board and chairman of the ACNA Communications Committee. “We wish the CARERS Act every success and call on our sister nursing organizations to support this measure.”

The Senate bill represents the most far-reaching reform of the nation’s drug laws since passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. If enacted in its present form the bill would end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana, allowing states to set their own policies. The bill also reschedules marijuana, overhauls the banking laws, allows Veterans to have access to medical marijuana, and eliminates barriers to research.

“ACNA was particularly pleased to see specific mentioning of our Veterans who have been struggling with post traumatic stress in epidemic proportion,” said O’Leary-Randall. “Many have found cannabis to be an effective medication and the VHA should be able to recommend cannabis to their patients.”

If enacted CARERS would:

  • End the federal prohibition of medical marijuana
  • Reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II
  • Allow states to import CBD
  • Allow banks to provide financial services to marijuana dispensaries
  • Eliminate the PHS Review obstacle for marijuana research
  • End the NIDA monopoly on marijuana research
  • Allow VA physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients
“Rescheduling marijuana is particularly important,” said O’Leary-Randall. “Schedule I has served as a barrier to knowledge. It has not stopped the use of marijuana but it has stopped our discovery of this plant’s properties. It has driven a wedge between the people and their health care providers.”

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