Medical Marijuana

Barbara Boxer and Dean Heller Back Federal Legalization of Medical Marijuana in States That Allow It

The senators cosponsor a bill that protects patients and providers from federal harassment.


Office of Dean Heller

The CARERS Act, which would make the federal ban on marijuana inapplicable to people who comply with state laws allowing medical use of the plant, has attracted a couple of interesting cosponsors since it was introduced last week. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) signed on last Wednesday, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) joined him yesterday. Both represent states with medical marijuana laws.

Heller, who was known as a moderate when he served as a state legislator and Nevada's secretary of state, moved right when he represented Nevada's 2nd Congressional District, then moved left when he ran for the Senate in 2012. Announcing his support for the CARERS Act, he hit themes with appeal on the left and the right. "The time has come for the federal government to stop impeding the doctor-patient relationship in states that have decided their own medical marijuana policies," he said. "This bipartisan legislation puts Americans who are suffering first by allowing Nevada's medical marijuana patients, providers, and businesses that are in compliance with state law to no longer be in violation of federal law and vulnerable to federal prosecution."

Office of Barbara Boxer

Boxer has served in the Senate since 1993, three years before Californians approved Proposition 215, the first ballot initiative allowing medical use of marijuana. Boxer opposed that initiative, and in 2010 she opposed Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana for recreational use, although at the time her campaign manager said the senator "supports current law in California, which allows for the use of medicinal marijuana with a doctor's prescription." Last year Boxer voiced support for an amendment aimed at preventing the Justice Department from interfering with implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Her fellow California senator, Dianne Feinstein, opposed the measure. Boxer, who plans to retire when her term ends in two years, has never been as enthusiastic about the war on drugs as Feinstein, but neither has she been a vocal proponent of reform.

"Sen. Boxer represents the state that led the way on medical marijuana, and it's about time she took some action to defend the will of California's voters from federal interference," says Marijuana Majority Chairman Tom Angell. "We would have expected her to do something on this years ago, but better late than never. A new generation of senators like Cory Booker, Rand Paul and Kirsten Gillibrand [the original sponsors of the CARERS Act] are leading the way on this issue, and it's nice to see that even some lawmakers who have been around for a while are starting to notice which way the political winds are blowing. This is a sign that the dam is about to break. Expect more old-school politicians to get on board soon."

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  1. Well, there you go. Broken clocks are still right twice a day.

    1. In Boxer’s case, it was a staff member who shoved it under her nose and said ‘Sign this. It’ll make you look good.’

      1. and there’s no downside, b/c you’re retiring

  2. And bipartisan too? Well isn’t this a pleasant surprise.

  3. What’s the logic here?

    If the feds think state policy and law should govern, why not get rid of the federal WOP apparat altogether?

    Why only do federal legalization where states legalize, and federal enforcement where states enforce? What exactly do the feds add, if that’s their approach?

    1. The feds don’t reduce their foothold, ever. That’s what your approach would do. But they don’t want that.

    2. why not get rid of the federal WOP apparat altogether?

      Because that would be racist.

    3. Commerce clause says right there in the text, FYTY.

  4. For Cancer patients, for kids suffering from Seizures, and for so many others, safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death. Its critical that Marijuana be removed from Schedule 1 immediately. Please call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President get that to happen, to protect the health and safety of Americans that need Medical Marijuana. Have everyone else you know call them too.

    I’m a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research. The clinical evidence of the value of Marijuana as a life saving medicine is now so strong that the need to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 has become a moral imperative. Google Medical Marijuana testimonials. Google Medical Marijuana Cancer Patient Testimonials.

    This weekend over 3,000 Americans will die, in pain, of Cancer. Every day after that, 1,500 more Americans will die, after suffering horribly, from it. Every single minute another American dies of Cancer. Every American Cancer patient deserves the right to have safe, legal, and economical access to Medical Marijuana. Every single one.

    Americans who need Medical Marijuana shouldn’t be used as “Political Footballs” Please call the Whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President take immediate action to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 so American Physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it.

    1. You are preaching to the choir; you have our support.
      Regardless, my contacting *any* (D) politico will have no effect whatsoever; I am publicly registered as (L), and therefore routinely ignored by most (R) and all (D) politicos.

    2. I support and oppose many things,but not strongly enough to pick up a phone.

      BTW the above comment probably did as much good as me calling the White House comment line would.

      1. People don’t want to do anything they just want everything handed to them. This is your government and mine. I’m not just going to lay back and do nothing while a bunch of statists try to take it away from me.

    3. I’m a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research.

      You know, you’ve made this point repeatedly, and we get it.

      You have, however, not answered a question I’ve posed repeatedly – namely have you had any adventures with pirates lately?

      It’s hard to take you seriously when you aren’t interested in a conversation but merely talking at people.

      1. I had a pirate adventure recently.

        At least he said he was a pirate.

        1. Butt pirates don’t count.

        2. “Yar, prepare to be boarded!”

      2. Back off man – he’s a Scientist!

        1. +1 Who ya gonna call?

  5. So, an action in Florida, for example, can be prosecuted under federal law. However, the same action in Colorado or Washington is perfectly legal.

    Doesn’t that run into some serious ‘equal protection’ issues?

    1. Doesn’t that run into some serious ‘equal protection’ issues?

      Only if you think the Constitution still has any meaning.

  6. Gah! Are there any two people in the country who look more like slimy pols than the two in those pictures. Although, whoever did Boxer’s makeup did a pretty good job, you can barely see her horns.

    1. Very, very punchable, those two.

    2. She doesn’t have horns. On her face.

    3. They all get their hair cut at Andre Chreky, who himself is a total scumbag, so he really knows how to enhance the sleeze.

    4. Feinstein is the worst. She’s pro-increased-taxes, pro-war, pro-government-snooping, pro-silly-drug-laws, pro-cronyism….just an absolute shit storm of authoritarianism. She is the anti-libertarian.

  7. Dean Heller? Isn’t that a character from Animal House or Porky’s?

    1. Dean Martin: [begins questioning] Mr. Melon, I’m only going to ask you once:
      Dean Martin: …Is this your work?

      Thornton Melon: I can’t lie to you, Dean Martin
      Thornton Melon: …Yes, it is.

      1. “ROBOT HOUSE!”


          Also, NutraSweet, why don’t you call me sometime when you have no class?

  8. Somehow this legislation will fuck the little people right up. We just haven’t found it how yet.

    1. Would the FDA would have authority over cannabis due to its Schedule II classification?
      If so, they could require years of clinical trials, or erect other barriers that leave things little better than the present.

  9. Off topic, but quite enjoyable:…..socialflow

    1. Cringe!

      1. It was beautiful!

    2. That’s pretty awful, but the egg-on-face award is going to Starbucks.

    3. She claims she knew he was black all along. Uh huh.

  10. In a world rife with unintended consequences, this makes me nervous. If they pass such a law, it may have the effect of slowing down any further legalization/decriminalization at the federal level because they will be able to say, “see, we did this already for teh sicks and teh childrenz!”

  11. Hmm….Nope. Don’t care. Not even close to enough.

  12. How much longer? Soon we will know……..ent-264080

    ? For first time, the Senate will consider legalizing medical marijuana

    ? Senate Proposal Would Legalize Medical Marijuana

    ? End the federal prohibition of medical marijuana
    ? Reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II
    ? Allow states to import CBD
    ? Allow banks to provide financial services to marijuana dispensaries
    ? Eliminate the Public Health Service Review obstacle for marijuana research
    ? End the NIDA monopoly on marijuana research
    ? Allow VA physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients

    …This bill that we are introducing seeks to right decades worth of wrong

    ? “Seeks to right” by leaving it a scheduled substance? A less than reality, good for some if Fat Pharma doles it out. Sched2 requires a triplicate order between physician and pharmacy.

    …and end unnecessary marijuana laws.

    ? But continue to persecute citizens with “necessary” laws? Synergy obtained by whole plant high cbd extractions could be grown anywhere. Again maintaining control with Fat Pharma. The remaining items are all good “Band Aids” that would not be necessary if Science dictated policy and removed cannabis in all natural forms as a controlled substance. Un-Illegalize it!

    1. So Predictable…

      ? AMA Ends 72-Year Policy: Ganja is Medicine November 10, 2009

      ? DdC November 28, 2009
      Vested Ignorance will always lie and cheat to maintain their dysfunctional profits. If left to the Politikan ConPromisers, as I suspect. The AMA would lower it to a schedule#2 and permit Big Pharma to control it. Barthy and Bayer and Boosh’s Ely Lilly won’t give up profits to Homegrown. The only solution is to overturn the Controlled Substance Act for the bold face lie it is

      ? DdC October 31, 2010
      Like using Barthwell/Bayers Sativex by lowering buds to a schedule#2 narcotic. Leaving Pot, Hemp and RxGanja prohibited for future profit and keeping cannabis products off the market shelf.

      ? Michele M. Leonhart (Lying Heart) December 31, 2010
      Lowering to a schedule#2 will only open sublingual sprays like satevex and bayer. Leaving Hemp, RxGanja and Ganja outlawed. Prohibition is a lie agreed upon. Why perpetuate it or ConPromise on truth?

      ? Is The DEA Legalizing THC? February 2, 2010
      ? Big Pharma Set to Take Over Medical Marijuana Market April 21, 2011

      ? continued So Predictable…

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