House Members Introduce CARERS Companion Bill

House Members Introduce CARERS Companion Bill

Washington, DC: US House members on Monday introduced companion legislation, H.R. 1538, to Senate Bill 683, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) are sponsoring the House measure.

The House and Senate measures permit qualified patients, doctors, and businesses to engage in state-sanctioned behavior involving the production, sale, and use of medical cannabis without fear of federal prosecution. Separate provisions in the proposals reschedule marijuana at the federal level and remove the compound cannabidiol (CBD) from the Controlled Substances Act altogether. Additional provisions in the bill allow for financial institutions to legally provide services to medical marijuana businesses, permit VA doctors to authorize medical cannabis, and remove existing bureaucratic barriers that limit investigators from clinically studying the plant’s safety and therapeutic efficacy.

According to a recent story in Politico, however, senior Republican leadership in the Senate – including Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Charles Grassley (R-IA), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), are not inclined to favor the bill at this time.

For more information about this measure, please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here: http://www.norml.org/act or contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.