U.S. Senate panel to hold hearing on medical marijuana

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will hold an unexpected – and perhaps first-ever – hearing on the potential medical benefits and risks of marijuana use Wednesday.

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism will hold the hearing, which is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. A live video stream of the hearing will be available at the committee’s website.

While numerous cannabis-related reform bills have been introduced by members of Congress over the years, most have died quietly, having never gained so much as a single committee hearing. This could signal the end to that era.

In a press release, the Marijuana Policy Project applauded the Senate panel’s move to at least consider testimony by medical marijuana supporters, such as Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey, the co-sponsors of the bipartisan CARERS Act, which would legalize medical marijuana at the federal level.

Also slated to testify are officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Food and Drug Administration, along with other experts.

“If a licensed physician examines a patient and believes marijuana would be a safe and effective treatment option, he or she should be able to recommend it to that patient without fear of crossing the federal government,” Don Murphy, director of outreach for MPP, said in the release.

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4 comments on “U.S. Senate panel to hold hearing on medical marijuana
  1. clif on

    Murphy’s statement of course implies legitimate medical cannabis treatment, including follow up, evidence based outcomes, and a bona fide Dr/Pt relationships. That would of course mean the end of scamming a doc to get high in the “medical cannabis only” states. If anyone every does that. 🙂

    • Roger Barbour on

      Yeah! And it would also mean the availability of a legitimate medicine to bona-fide patients who benefit from cannabis and not the corporate pharmaceuticals that are forced on people without concern! Two Way Street Isn’t It?

    • David Robbins on

      Cannabis is less harmful than a multivitamin. Everyone just needs to free the weed. It’s a God given plant that should be free. Leave it up to our evil government to make a big deal out of a harmless plant. We also need to free all pot prisoners!!!!

  2. Victoria Smith on

    clif –
    Yeah, how dare citizens get high! If your state legislature says you can only use cannabis for “legitimate” health reasons, then you should still buy cannabis from the black market. It’s better for society.

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