Summary and opinion by John Fouts.
The CARERS act whose title is, “The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act”, was created to do just those things. It is intended to enable research into medical value presented by cannabis, to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies, and would reschedule cannabis from schedule I to schedule II. The act now has 30 co-sponsors. It is the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress. The bill apparently has a slim chance to pass even despite the large number of co-sponsors. The former Director of Federal Policies for MPP (Marijuana Policy Project), Dan Riffle, said he thinks the bill has a low chance for passage because it would have to get through committees with political gatekeepers who are staunch supporters of the war on drugs. There is bi-partisan support for the bill, but for it to pass it must first get a hearing in the committee the bill has been assigned to.
My Opinion: I wish the CARERS act could pass through the appropriate channels at the federal level without many obstacles, but we all know that is not the way our political system works. There are checks and balances in place for a reason. We all must remain as advocates for activism if we wish to see political change for any cause, and cannabis law reform is no different.
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