Comprehensive medical marijuana legislation was introduced Tuesday in the Senate for the first time in our nation's history.

According to AFP, "Twenty-three states already allow the use of cannabis to treat medical conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) and epilepsy, but federal law still exposes users of the drug to potential investigation and arrest."

On Tuesday, a historic bill was presented to Congress; a bill that has the potential to end federal restrictions on medical marijuana for good. 

Senate Democrats Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Senator Rand Paul introduced the bill to the Senate. The Seattle Times reports that if the bill passes, the legislation would:

  • Downgrade cannabis from a Schedule 1 substance to Schedule 2, which allows doctors to prescribe it.
  • Remove low-THC, high-CBD marijuana from the schedule altogether.
  • Remove federal penalties for production, possession and distribution of medical marijuana when state laws are followed.
  • Facilitate marijuana research.
  • Allow doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe marijuana to veterans.
  • Prevent banks from rejecting marijuana businesses.

The New York Times notes that "the bill would not legalize medical marijuana in all 50 states, but it would amend federal law to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies and prevent federal law enforcement agencies from prosecuting patients, doctors and caregivers in those states."

While the bill’s fate in the Republican-controlled Senate is unclear, this is a first step in a long process of advocacy, and it is a first step in the right direction.

- Jen H., The Off The Grid Team 

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