Breaking: CARERS Act will Protect Medical Cannabis

A brand-new bill introduced in the house of representatives would protect legal, medical cannabis in the states that have already passed it.

According to High Timesthe Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act is bipartisan and sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, and Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young.

If the act passes, it would amend federal law and allow states to set their own medical cannabis policies. In other words, medical cannabis would no longer be federally illegal. It would also allow doctors with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to prescribe cannabis.

“The national consensus on medical marijuana is solid and bipartisan, but our federal drug laws continue to treat patients and their doctors like criminals,” Cohen said. “Our bill would bring federal medical marijuana policy in line with the views of the overwhelming majority of Americans by allowing states to set their own marijuana laws, allowing patients, including veterans, to receive the treatments they need from their doctors and improving opportunities for research on marijuana.”