US Senate Bill 683, also known as the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, was introduced last year by Senator Rand Paul, Senator Cory Booker, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. This bill aims to: (1) protect medical cannabis patients, providers, businesses, and their families and (2) allow states to have much greater discretion in the creation of their own medical cannabis programs.
The CARERS Act is proposed federal legislation that would specifically (1) allow state medical cannabis programs to continue without federal interference, (2) move cannabis of the Schedule I list, (3) remove cannabidiol from the rigid scheduling system of the Controlled Substances Act, (4) allow access to banking services for cannabis businesses, (5) eliminate the cumbersome Public Health service review process that has stifled research and (6) allow physicians at the extensive Veterans Affairs hospital and medical system to write recommendations for their patients in states that have a medical cannabis program.
Passage of this Act would allow people like Dr. Sue Sisely to conduct research into cannabis and PTSD, and would end the monopoly that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has on cannabis production that severely inhibits cannabis research. This petition urges members of Utah's Congressional delegation to support SB683 (CARERS) Act and allow states the option to move forward with medical cannabis programs. To learn more about the CARERS Act, visit our friends at Americans for Safe Access.
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