Senators Introduce Historic Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana

A bipartisan group of three Senators will introduce a historic bill Tuesday that could end the federal ban on medical marijuana, a substance that 23 states have now legalized.

The plan sponsored by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand would “allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical-marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution,” according to a statement the three Senators released Monday.

While reform advocates like the Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project say the legislation “has legs,” others disagree. Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), has been closely following Congress’s movement on marijuana for the past 25 years. He says the bill is probably “DOA” because some Republicans remain loath to touch such stuff.

But that doesn’t make the bill insignificant. It’s...

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