Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently sent a letter to Congressional leadership demanding that Congress set aside the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which protects states that have lawfully enacted medical marijuana programs from federal interference.
It is apparent that the AG and the Justice Department is seeking to use every tool at their disposal to roll back the progress that we have made to provide patients legal access to medical cannabis. That is why, last week, our allies in the US House and Senate introduced the CARERS Act of 2017, which would codify Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections into law and forbid the Justice Department from overriding them.
This bipartisan legislation explicitly exempts from federal prosecution those who are engaged in the “production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, laboratory testing, recommending use, or delivery of medical marijuana??? in instances where these activities comport with state law.
Thirty states and the District of Columbia now regulate the possession, use, and dispensing of medical marijuana by statute. It is time the federal government acknowledge these laws and protect the patients who rely on them.
The Senate bill was introduced by Senators Booker (D-NJ), Paul (R-KY), Gillibrand (D-NY), Lee (R-UT), Franken (D-MN), and Murkowski (R-AK). The House companion bill was reintroduced by Rep Young (R-AK) and Rep Cohen (D-TN).
Medical marijuana is not a partisan issue – in fact, an overwhelming 94% of Americans support the use of cannabis by authorized medical patients. Nonetheless, militant prohibitionists including Jeff Sessions still believe that “good people do not smoke marijuana.??? It is our job to tell Congress that this outdated mentality has no place in policy making decisions. Attorney General Sessions is not a doctor and he has no business interfering in doctor-patient relationships.