Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Rand Paul announce a new medical marijuana bill at the US Capitol on March 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This is a step that is long overdue.
For decades federal law has simply declared that Marijuana is a medically useless and dangerous plant and sought to eradicate it, even where it grows wild. Medical researchers have been all but forbidden to even check to see if it has any true medicinal properties.
In recent years, several states have legalized the plant for medical purposes, but users there were still in danger of arrest and prosecution by federal authorities. Even this semi-legal medical use relies mostly on anecdote, rather than research to determine need, dosage, etc.because the federal government and many states have hindered research.
This bill needs to be passed so people with glaucoma, cancer, chronic pain, and many other diseases and conditions can safely benefit from the drug. If it were legal, I myself would have tried it long ago in an attempt to seek relief from my own chronic pain. Because of federal and state laws, I never have been able to.
Of course, even if this becomes federal law, state law here in Texas may still prevent my trying it.