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Senators To Meet With Families About New Federal Medical Marijuana Bill

(image via redalertpolitics.com)

(image via redalertpolitics.com)

On Sunday, March 15, at 2:00 PM, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) will join five New York and New Jersey families who would benefit from the new bipartisan bill to allow patients in states that have legalized medical marijuana to access the treatment without fear of federal prosecution. Both New York and New Jersey have legalized use of medical marijuana.

Earlier this week, Senators Gillibrand and Booker with Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would respect the states that set their own medical marijuana programs and prevent federal law enforcement from prosecuting patients, doctors and caregivers in those states. The families who will meet with Gillibrand and Booker would be able to access treatment for conditions medical marijuana has been shown to help control, like epilepsy and seizures. The Drug Policy Alliance and Epilepsy Foundation will also join the families and Senators.

Date:  Sunday, March 15, 2015
Time:  2:00 PM
Drug Policy Alliance
131 West 33rd Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
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  1. Quote:
    ALB15309 S.L.C
    To extend the principle of federalism to State drug policy, provide access
    to medical marijuana, and enable research into the medicinal properties
    of marijuana.
    Principles on Federalism:

    The diversity of policy experimentation and accountable governance made possible by the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has enabled our nation to thrive… Given the importance of federalism to our future, it is essential that The Council of State Governments dedicate itself to preserving the role of the states as the “laboratories of democracy” and work both to limit unnecessary federal intrusions into areas of state responsibility and to foster effective cooperation in areas of shared jurisdiction.

    Principles for State-Federal Relations

    Though the federal government has a vital role to play in advancing national priorities through the powers enumerated to it by the U.S. Constitution, our founders recognized long ago that many of the challenges our citizens face can best be addressed at the state level. The Council of State Governments affirms the vital importance of the federal system to our nation’s future and encourages the federal government to adhere to the following principles when developing laws, enacting regulations or rendering judicial rulings which impact state powers.


    Support it, Hate it… let your voice be heard either way. Don’t forget the compromises that went into drafting the US Constitution written on hemp paper.

  2. He was a smart cookie to co-sponsor a bill that places medical marijuana in the hands of the states, so I won’t make any snap judgments.

    “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this title relating to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State law relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, laboratory testing, or delivery of medical marihuana.”

    –Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act.

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