Source: By Kurt Bresswein | The Express-Times
Members of the U.S. Senate want to put the “can” in cannabis, for medical purposes.
Three senators are introducing a bill to remove federal prohibitions on medical marijuana in states where it is already legal, The Associated Press reports.
That includes New Jersey, 22 other states and the District of Columbia. Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a medical marijuana proposal, the idea of which Gov. Tom Wolf has said he supports; Senate Bill S3‘s co-sponsors include Lehigh Valley Sens. Lisa Boscola, a Democrat, and Pat Browne, a Republican.
The measure is slated to be unveiled Tuesday on Capitol Hill by Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey, according to the AP report.
It aims to eliminate the uncertainty surrounding use of marijuana in the states that allow it for medicinal purposes, the AP reports; advocates say that even in those states, the federal prohibition on marijuana prevents doctors at veterans’ facilities from prescribing it for medical purposes and makes access difficult.
Marijuana legislation has been introduced in the House, the AP reports, and advocates say the introduction of a high-profile Senate bill is a sign of growing acceptance.
Marijuana legislation has been introduced in the House, the AP reports, and advocates say the introduction of a high-profile Senate bill is a sign of growing acceptance