Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill to be Introduced in U.S. Senate

A measure to legalize medical cannabis at the federal level will be introduced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and the news has marijuana proponents celebrating.

“This is a significant step forward when it comes to reforming marijuana laws at the federal level,” Dan Riffle, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “This is a proposal that Republicans and Democrats should both be able to get behind. It’s a matter of compassion and justice, states’ rights, public safety, and medical choice.”

The bipartisan bill will be sponsored by Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democrats Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, of New Jersey and New York respectively.

If the measure succeeds, it would have resounding implications for MMJ businesses across the country, ranging from finance issues (taxes, banking, 280E) to paving the way for new markets.

Marijuana has become a much less partisan issue in recent years, with prominent Republicans such as Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, going on record with the position that states should have the right to determine their own policies on marijuana, regardless of where the federal government stands.

Several national polls have also found relaxing attitudes toward marijuana across the country. Most recently, the General Social Survey found that 52% of Americans back legalizing marijuana.

10 comments on “Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill to be Introduced in U.S. Senate
  1. Nate on

    A few statements come to mind:
    “It’s about time.”
    “Railroad this one through.” and
    “It should have never been illegal in the first place.”

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  2. Gentle Jim on

    Hopefully this will be a positive move in the rediscovery of our ancestral medicines. They have been taken from mankind by the power and greed of a few. surprise surprise, We must stay vigilant, less we trade one financially driven monopoly for another. Many people have struggled for years to end this insanity and the misery it has caused to millions. You must be careful when you ask government to control anything as long as we still have “best government Money can Buy” trading one unfeeling financial master for another one will get the same thing if a just a few are left to run the show. Reality check. It happens all the time. The opportunities are huge for cannabis as long as we temper our enthusiasm with caution and the historical wisdom we should have learned by now. all power in the hands of a few leads to corruption, just a nasty human truth.

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  3. Paul on

    Finally, the Feds are ending the war on MMJ. The rights of thousands to benefit medically as well the tens of thousands incarcerated are being returned.

    The states and local governments can manage access just like they do alcohol.

    The whole concept of mis-using the drug schedule is an approach that must end.

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  4. John A Verkitus on

    ok, so once this “measure to legalize medical cannabis at the federal level” hits the congress tomorrow ?

    How long will it take before we see any action on it, or voting ? Is there a certain timeframe that they have to vote on this Bill ?

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  5. Karen Maynes on

    This will certainly open up economic development throughout the U.S. since some states make it impossible to become a cannabis producer.

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  6. Dan on

    I agree with everyone here. The billions that they will be losing. It’s here to stay now. I fill that these people that vote against it are not educated on the facts and can’t write the laws that will govern it.

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  7. pete on

    So all the times I got in trouble for weed do I get my legal fees back and restitiution because we were all lied to with 1930s propaganda clear to now

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  8. john on

    The gdamm feds been shoving alchohol and pills down our throats for a century…the people have spoken. Peeps dont be ignorant…educate yourself on the benefits and you and only you should decide what goes in our own bodies. The feds are already touching it aka f’ing things up…lol. big pharma hates it cuz they cant duplicate it. It truly is just a plant. Add chemicals to any PLANT and it makes it a drug. Come on people compliance and education. Get with the program

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  9. Gary Iggy on

    Unfortunately…Big pharma, the real original drug dealers will fight tooth and nail to stop MMJ legalization …yhey have the $

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