Newsbrief: "States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act" Reintroduced 5/23/03

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A bipartisan group of legislators, including Reps. Ron Paul (R-TX), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Barney Frank (D-MA) and Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) have reintroduced the "States Rights to Medical Marijuana Act." The bill would reschedule marijuana under federal law so that states that wish to enact medical marijuana laws can do so without fear of federal persecution. If the bill were to pass, federal prosecution of medical marijuana users in states that have legalized the practice would end and states could actually experiment with various means of providing marijuana to patients.

This marks the sixth time the bill has been introduced, and while it has yet to gain a committee hearing, the number of cosponsors continues to increase. So far this session, legislators who have signed on to cosponsor the bill include Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Ed Case (D-HI), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), William Delahunt (D-MA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Barney Frank (D-MA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Michael Honda (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), George Miller (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Ron Paul, (R-TX), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL), Fortney H. "Pete" Stark (D-CA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

That comes to 22 Democrats, two Republicans and one Independent.

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