Republicans Get Behind Low-THC Cannabis Legalization Efforts
April 23rd, 2015
Policy, Top News
The majority of states permit the use of low-THC cannabis for medical purposes, but growing the plant remains a federal crime that’s harshly punished.
Support for medical cannabis has historically been strong among Democrats, but Republicans are finally starting to get behind the movement. In particular, Congressional Republicans have been taking the fight for legalization from statehouses to the U.S. Capitol, led by Reps. Scott Perry and Robert Dold.
The House of Representatives voted 219-189 last year to ban federal prosecutors from spending funds to undercut state medical marijuana laws, but the move stopped short of ending existing prosecutions and doesn’t protect residents of states without medical marijuana laws in place. Congress also recently announced legislation that would immunize those following state laws.
In the Senate, a bill was introduced by Sens. Rand Paul, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand – along with 14 co-sponsors – to reschedule marijuana to a Schedule II drug, which would permit a greater amount of research and open the door to legalizing its use as a medicine on a federal level. The Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act would also remove low-cannabis plants from marijuana’s definition.
The Executive Branch could also take action on the matter by making the change administratively instead of having it go through Congress and the Senate. With the resignation of anti-marijuana DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, that possibility may be greater than it has been over the past few years.
In the end, the prospect of legalized medical marijuana – particularly low-THC strains – appears to be inevitable given the widespread support and little resistance. The key question for those needing the medicine is how quickly leaders will act in order to help the hundreds of families that have been forced to relocate in order to access live-saving medicine.
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