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Senators, including Gillibrand, try again with medical marijuana bill

Senators, including Gillibrand, try again with medical marijuana bill

June 16, 2017 10:48 PM

The first medical marijuana bill ever introduced into the U.S. Senate is being re-introduced by a bipartisan group of senators including New York's Kirsten Gillibrand.

She and five other senators are re-releasing the CARERS Act. It would make sure people who need it, have access to medical marijuana without fear of federal prosecution.

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While the bill wouldn't legalize medical marijuana, it would allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies. Last year, New York started its own medical marijuana program.

The bill would also let Veterans Affairs doctors prescribe marijuana.

“No parent should ever have to watch their child suffer through hundreds of seizures a day, only to be told by the federal government that they aren’t allowed to use medicine that could help relieve their children’s suffering,” said Senator Gillibrand.

She adds: “Unfortunately, under our current federal laws, even if a state has decided for itself that patients should have access to medical marijuana, the federal government can still come in and prosecute patients for using that medicine. We must change this."

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