Federal Protection on the Horizon for Medical Marijuana Patients?
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/27/2011 in Medical Marijuana
In 2009, we heard from the Obama administration that the feds would let up on prosecuting medical marijuana patients who are in compliance with their state’s medical marijuana laws. However, the raids continued throughout the United States. But thanks to a trio of new bills presented to Congress – patients, caregivers and physicians may finally receive the protection and peace of mind they need.
HR 1983, aka the State’s Medical Marijuana Protection Act of 2011, was introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and co-sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), on Wednesday of this week. This bill calls for the explicit exemption from federal arrest and prosecution for patients who comply with their respective state’s medical marijuana laws.
Even more importantly for the progress of medical marijuana as a medicine, HR 1983 also calls for the rescheduling of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, which means that it has no accepted medical use. But as thousands of patients and countless medical studies have shown, marijuana has a wide array of medical uses. It’s status as a Schedule I drug is simply wrong. The DEA has not made any action for the past 9 years on a similar bill that calls for the rescheduling of marijuana — which was submitted by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabison October 9, 2002. Hopefully, this time it works.