Senator Gillibrand Speaks at CARERS Act Press Conference

It’s tempting to crack a 420 joke or make a reference to Twitter hashtags when talking about marijuana legalization, but legalizing pot is a serious matter. That was hammered home Tuesday at a Capitol Hill press conference featuring Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY). The senators were joined by constituents who stand to benefit from a bill the trio is proposing.

The Compassionate Access Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would shift marijuana from a Schedule  I to a Schedule II drug and revise federal law to give states more control over medical marijuana policies. It would also allow health care providers in the 23 states where medical marijuana is legal, including doctors at VA hospitals, to dispense the drug without fear of reprisal. The bill would not legalize medical marijuana in all 50 states.

Each of the senators spoke about a specific aspect of the bill.


Below is the whole meeting….you’ll have to fast fast forward through a few parts in between speakers.

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