This week the crotchety neighbor nobody likes, Jeff Sessions, sent a letter to congressional leadership demanding that they roll back the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which, for years, has protected medical marijuana dispensaries, and patients, from federal prosecution. To the surprise of Jeff Sessions, this decision was met with some pretty heavy backlash. Rohrabacher-Farr currently protects patients and businesses in 29 states, with another 12 states set to vote on medical marijuana later this year.
Thankfully, Senators Paul, Booker, and Gillibrand re-introduced legislation on Thursday to circumvent our Attorney Generals attempts;
“The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States, or CARERS, Act would effectively change the Controlled Substances Act, allowing the possession, production and distribution of medical marijuana in states with established marijuana laws.”
The CARERS Act prevents federal government from prosecuting individuals and businesses in possession of medical marijuana in states where it’s legal.
Despite Session’s claims to the contrary, there have been multiple studies done on the effects of medical marijuana, including one by Harvard from 2016. Patients like Pamela Jacobson, of “The Hope Grows Foundation” have used cannabis oil for pain management, and have seen dramatic improvements to their health. But patients like Pamela run risk of being prosecuted, hopefully the CARERS Act passes, and encourages more states to pass their own MMJ legislation.