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Why the Bill to Make Medical Marijuana Legal in the U.S. is Going to Get Smoked

The first bill that would make medical marijuana legal in the US on a state-by-state basis was introduced by three senators, including Republican presidential contender Rand Paul, a further sign that Americans are taking an increasingly favorable view toward the drug.

The bill would recognize the ability of states to pass their own marijuana statutes, catching up to the reality that Alaska, Washington, Colorado and California have enacted legal weed regimes that stand in tension with federal law. It would also allow government doctors who treat veterans to prescribe the drug to their patients, and make it easier for scientists to research the drug’s effects by relaxing rules that currently list the drug as one of the most dangerous to health, despite significant evidence to the contrary.

However, despite the bipartisan coalition behind the bill and the applause of marijuana advocates, it seems all too likely that politics will stand between the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act—yes, that makes it the CARERS Act—and passage into law. [Read more at Quartz]

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