In the roaring 20’s and age of the big bands, orchestral leaders like Cab Calloway wrote swinging songs about getting high, but only a few decades later, prohibition had producers making movies like “Reefer Madness” that portrayed potheads as maniacs. This two competing mindsets blurred the lines between fact and fiction and gave a massive amount of illegal power to the federal government.
Congress thankfully is listening to the voice of the people and reigning themselves in, something that the Constitution has long said was the only path. According to Market Watch, “U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Corey Booker (D-New Jersey) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) introduced a bill that would end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana.”
The new Act would even allow for better researching and towards finding safety standards regarding quality.
The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARES) completely changes the Controlled Substances Act, a bit of government overreach that never did anything but stuff state prisons to begin with.
This bill would permit “the possession, production and distribution of medical marijuana in states with established marijuana laws,” it is stated.
DC and 29 other states have legalized weed but CARES would stop the federal government from taking any legal action against those who grow, legally distribute, or sell pot, thus ending government strong-arming on the matter.
“The reintroduction of the CARERS Act is the first of many steps we hope this Congress will take to end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana,” said Don Murphy, director of the Marijuana Policy Project.
Observing how it is not a left vs. right issue, he also adds that “Polls show overwhelmingly strong support for medical marijuana, and it spans the political spectrum. The federal government should not be meddling in state laws that allow it or obstructing research into its many medical benefits.”
Attorney Jeff Sessions has gone from friend to foe on the matter, recently again leaning words “foe.” This act would prevent the Justice Department from using federal funds for matters where states have spoken, allowing the voters to choose, not Mr. Sessions.
Pot could be suggested for vets and those with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as allowing for studies to be done to ensure that purity and to guarantee that no one is being put at risk due to a bad or dangerous product.
It is worthy to note that Paul is not particularly fond of weed, according to some statements that the Kentucky Senator has made. He is, however, very respectful of the Constitution, which thankfully, is again coming into vogue.
Sources: Market Watch