Barbara Boxer and Dean Heller Back Federal Legalization Of Medical Marijuana In States That Allow It

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The CARERS Act, which would make the federal ban on marijuana inapplicable to people who comply with state laws allowing medical use of the plant, has attracted a couple of interesting cosponsors since it was introduced last week. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) signed on last Wednesday, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) joined him yesterday. Both represent states with medical marijuana laws.

Heller, who was known as a moderate when he served as a state legislator and Nevada’s secretary of state, moved right when he represented Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District, then moved left when he ran for the Senate in 2012. Announcing his support for the CARERS Act, he hit themes with appeal on the left and the right. “The time has come for the federal government to stop impeding the doctor-patient relationship in states that have decided their own medical marijuana policies,” he said.

“This bipartisan legislation puts Americans who are suffering first by allowing Nevada’s medical marijuana patients, providers, and businesses that are in compliance with state law to no longer be in violation of federal law and vulnerable to federal prosecution.”