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Despite Growing Support, Medical Marijuana Bill Stalled in U.S. Senate

Even though Senate support for a medical marijuana bill is building, it’s not getting the support it needs.

Two influential Democratic senators, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Barbara A. Mikulskiof Maryland, announced their support for the bill that would reschedule marijuana and let states set medical marijuana policy. But it needs more Republicans.

There are only a few more work days until August recess, so any consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee would be deferred until at least September. But when pressed on whether the bill was a priority, chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, said, “I’m going to wait until I talk to other Republican members.”

The bill has two Republican co-sponsors, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, an original co-sponsor, and Dean Heller of Nevada. Getting a third has been difficult.

“It’s a slow process and we’re trying,” Paul told CQ Roll Call last week, adding that there’s “several” other Republicans they’re talking to, but none are officially on board yet. [Read more at Roll Call]

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