Senate’s MMJ Legalization Bill Gains Support

California Democrat Barbara Boxer is the latest U.S. Senator to jump on the medical marijuana legalization bandwagon.

Boxer on Tuesday added her name to the list of sponsors for the bipartisan bill introduced last week by Sens. Cory Booker, D-NJ, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and Rand Paul, R-KY that would legalize MMJ at the federal level. Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada has also signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill.

The New York Times speculated that Boxer’s weighty name, along with the combination of bipartisanship behind the measure, may give more political clout to the bill.

“Senator Boxer is a strong supporter of California’s medical marijuana law and she believes that patients, doctors and caregivers in states like California should be able to follow state law without fear of federal prosecution,” a spokeswoman for the senator told The Washington Post.

Boxer’s move was welcome news to those backing the measure.

“An old-school pol like Boxer getting on board now after years of barely lifting a finger to protect the will of her state’s voters from federal interference is a sign that the dam is about to break,” said Tom Angell, chair of the Marijuana Majority, in an email. “I’m very optimistic.”

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2 comments on “Senate’s MMJ Legalization Bill Gains Support
  1. John A Verkitus on

    Yes! Applause to Senator Boxer!! We need to get a form setup so members can email directly to their congressman/woman and tell them to get onboard with this bill.

    Hence the saying “The Squeeky Wheel Gets The Grease” 😉

    Lets get them ALL onboard and get this over with so the states can regulate how they please and setup tax and regulate laws for ALL states to follow..

    Now is the time to act! Let congress know we are with them if they just see the light!

    Johnny V.

  2. Sis on

    PLEASE, let’s finally work together to right this horrible wrong, medical amd recreational marijuana needs the truth!!!

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