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In a bipartisan push back against the tyrannical Jeff Sessions and his relentless war on cannabis, U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) have introduced a bill that will end federal prohibition of marijuana.

“The fact is our marijuana laws in America are broken,” Democratic Sen. Cory Booker said at the bill’s unveiling at the Capitol. “They are savagely broken, and the jagged pieces are hurting American people.”

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States, or CARERS, Act would go directly after the DEA’s absurd and immoral classification of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. It would allow for the states to act on their own in regards to possession, production, and distribution of medical marijuana.

While this bill was originally introduced in 2015 — as the first ever medical marijuana bill in the US Senate — it now boasts even more support, adding Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mike Lee.

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This bill mirrors bipartisan legislation that was introduced in Congress by Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) to exclude cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in February, and illustrates how preventing the government from caging and killing people over a plant has transcended party lines.

The CARERS Act also specifically addresses veterans and the ability to obtain this most beneficial plant. SB-683 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to authorize VA health care providers to provide veterans with recommendations and opinions regarding participation in state marijuana programs.

“The reintroduction of the CARERS Act is the first of many steps we hope this Congress will take to end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana,” Don Murphy, director of conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “Polls show overwhelmingly strong support for medical marijuana, and it spans the political spectrum.

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“The federal government should not be meddling in state laws that allow it or obstructing research into its many medical benefits.”

This bill comes at a dire time in the history of cannabis prohibition in America. Just after tyrant Jeff Sessions was exposed for privately sending a letter to congressional leaders asking them to turn legal medical marijuana patients into criminals, Republicans and Democrats put their party differences aside and joined forces to stave off the inevitable persecution of innocence that would follow such assinine policy.

“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime,” Sessions penned. “The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.”

Notably, the senators are even calling Sessions out for his misguided rage against cannabis, pointing out how it has already — in spite of prohibition — saved the lives of countless children who suffer from seizures.

“I dare him to sit down with families and listen to their stories and then pursue a policy like he’s advocating for now,” Booker says of Sessions’ letter.

However, judging from Sessions’ ignorance and obstinance on the issue of marijuana, he would most likely arrest the parents and their child for possessing a controlled substance.

As Rolling Stone reports, While the bill’s proponents know their proposal faces an uphill battle, they also say they believe the effort is quickly picking up steam, especially because many red states have now passed some form of legal weed. “I believe things are changing and they’re changing fast,” Sen. Gillibrand tells Rolling Stone. “I think we will get the support we need.”

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Gillibrand is right, the times are changing. People are no longer accepting the status quo of government kidnapping and caging people for possessing a plant. People are also waking up to the fact that cannabis is a medicine and can fight our current opioid problem in this country.

Those who continue to persecute their fellow American for possessing this plant would do well to get on the right side of history and refuse to enforce such tyranny. After all, without the state’s enforcers willing to ruin people’s lives by extorting, kidnapping, caging, and killing people over pot, prohibition is nothing more a piece of paper, scribbled on by a bunch of corrupt lowlifes who couldn’t care less about their fellow human.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • truthseeker53

    Everybody, ESPEC with RINO Senators, contact them criminals and chastise them severely for taking money from pharma to prohibit our FREEDOM to raise our own medicine.

  • Mark A Girard

    Finally some serious motion in the right direction on a Federal level. There is BIG money to be made so republicans will be all over this like flies on crap. The tide has turned and this will get the support it needs either this time around or the next. Colorado is just raking in the tax money and there is no reason every other state and province should not be doing the same. The criminalization of cannabis to prop up BIG PHARMA, BIG OIL, BIG STEEL, BIG CORN, BIG COTTON, GIG LUMBER, BIG ALCOHOL and a bunch of other industries has been the biggest crime against humanity in history, a global persecution of innocent persons and worse, environmental devastation that could have been a fraction of what it is. People have had to work harder for the system and have been denied the amazing health benefits of this almost magical plant while forced to accept toxic and often addictive chemicals to do what this plant does better. The only cannabis crimes are the ones committed by governments against their citizens, and some rip-offs where people steal someone else’s cannabis. It is time for sweeping changes in not just cannabis laws, but sweeping out the trash that has been spouting ignorant BS like Sessions, a man who belongs in prison himself…

  • FradyCat5

    The problem is with Congress the law makers, always had been.

  • Bruce

    Why do they still want to keep it from people who are not necessarily sick?

  • John C Carleton

    Hmmmm! Jeff Sessions knows who they are!

  • III Frogs

    Don’t dump on Jeff Sessions– all he has is an opinion. But Sessions said in his confirmation hearings that as Attorney General he would uphold the laws as Congress has written them. It’s not up to him to decide what to enforce and what not. The general public is woefully passive about learning the structure of their own Constitution. Eight solid years of Scofflaw Obama and his rule of man have eroded the checks and balances inherent to the Constitution. Those who do not educate themselves have not one concept of the rule of law that is required by the Constitution. This is an absolutely revolting situation. Sessions said, rightly, in his hearing that if Congress wanted to change the law, then that was up to them. He would then follow the new law. Jeff Sessions has no more to do with what laws are written than a Senator has rounding up illegals. Each branch of government has its own responsibility; they don’t make up their own laws. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said the same thing about other topics relating to Supreme Court cases in his hearings. If Congress doesn’t want a law as it is, then it is up to Congress to change it. Neither the Judicial, nor the Executive branch has the power to make or change law. Only the Legislative branch has that power. It’s perfectly appropriate, and actually the ONLY venue available, for Congress to change the law. No one else can. But each are required to do the job they’re assigned and nobody else’s. Jesus. The stupidity of Americans about their own Constitution and system of government is appalling and contributes tremendously to the strife between liberal and conservative. Dumping on Jeff Sessions for enforcing the laws Congress made is nonsensical. Sly congressmen and the ignorant shift their own responsibilities by blaming Sessions. Anyone can disagree with Session’s opinion, but if they want him to follow a different law, Congress has to make it first. There is no other way under the Constitution. Period.

    • Tamra Louviere

      What a load of crap. That whole “just doing his job” crap is just that…pure crap. PERIOD.

    • Ed

      NO TREASON No. VI. THE CONSTITUTION OF NO AUTHORITY. I. NT.6.1.1 The Constitution has no inherent authority or obligation. It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. And it does not so much as even purport to be a contract between persons now existing. It purports, at most, to be only a contract between persons living eighty years ago. And it can be supposed to have been a contract then only between persons who had already come to years of discretion, so as to be competent to make reasonable and obligatory contracts. Furthermore, we know, historically, that only a small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or dissent in any formal manner. Those persons, if any, who did give their consent formally, are all dead now. Most of them have been dead forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years. And the constitution, so far as it was their contract, died with them. They had no natural power or right to make it obligatory upon their children. It is not only plainly impossible, in the nature of things, that they could bind their posterity, but they did not even attempt to bind them. That is to say, the instrument does not purport to be an agreement between any body but “the people” then existing; nor does it, either expressly or impliedly, assert any right, power, or disposition, on their part, to bind anybody but themselves. Let us see. Its language is: “We, the people of the United States (that is, the people then existing in the United States), in order to form a more perfect union, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” NT.6.1.2 It is plain, in the first place, that this language, as an agreement, purports to be only what it at most really was, viz., a contract between the people then existing; and, of necessity, binding, as a contract, only upon those then existing. In the second place, the language neither expresses nor implies that they had any right or power, to bind their “posterity” to live under it. It does not say that their “posterity” will, shall, or must live under it. It only says, in effect, that their hopes and motives in adopting it were that it might prove useful to their posterity, as well as to themselves, by promoting their union, safety, tranquility, liberty, etc.

    • Travis Zachary

      You’re a slave to laws. Lmfao… what a monkey!!! Fuck Sessions. Fuck marijuana “laws”. What a joke You know how easy it is for me to get weed? As easy as driving to my friends’ house and getting it. I’ve been doing that since 1994. Never got caught. Never will get caught. 23 years of not getting caught simply by asking a friend. Idiots.

      • Shoreline1

        Someone is risking their life, their freedom, for it to be so easy for you. I’ve got a million dollars worth of assets that I’ve busted my ass for all my life. If I get caught selling you a joint, the government will take it all, I’ll never get it back. Prohibition is the fault of our government, it shows how simple minded our elected representatives are. It indicates that even if we elect someone that would change the law, they are powerless against the embedded interests in our government. We do elect representatives, but our government has it’s global own interests, not usually aligned with those of the citizenry. We’ve always been taught that our government is of the people and for the people, but this is no longer true.

        • Travis Zachary

          God gave me the right to smoke weed. GOD. NOT government. NOT your precious military industrial complex. GOD… the one from Heaven above and not of this corrupt world. God gave me every right I have. Some soldiers doing some war shit in a country I don’t know and have nothing to do with, did NOT give me my life or my freedoms. GOD ALMIGHTY did. So I’m sick and tired of you patriotic fucks who are slaves by law. I am eternally free from the bonds of government through Jesus Christ. He saved me from this evil place. There’s evil at the top so thick it’s overwhelming to some. But I don’t subscribe to that stench of war hate filled mongers. The constitution is just a fuckin piece of paper. It’s not what created me. GOD did that. So I obey Gods’ laws and not feeble minded people.

        • Travis Zachary

          God gave me the right to smoke weed. GOD. NOT government. NOT your precious military industrial complex. GOD… the one from Heaven above and not of this corrupt world. God gave me every right I have. Some soldiers doing some war shit in a country I don’t know and have nothing to do with, did NOT give me my life or my freedoms. GOD ALMIGHTY did. So I’m sick and tired of you patriotic fucks who are slaves by law. I am eternally free from the bonds of government through Jesus Christ. He saved me from this evil place. There’s evil at the top so thick it’s overwhelming to some. But I don’t subscribe to that stench of war hate filled mongers. The constitution is just a fuckin piece of paper. It’s not what created me. GOD did that. So I obey Gods’ laws and not feeble minded people.

    • Jerry

      I disagree in that Sessions like those who came before him can concentrate on which part of the law he wishes to concentrate on. He will do this with the input of his boss the president. He may also have outside influences such as ties to private contractors that run prisons for profit.This may color his decision on certain issues such as him telling states that they should go after maximum sentencing. Is he doing this because the crime rate is up? No its been falling overall for years. To keep the prison population numbers up? Possible.. In most cases the justice dept and it’s secretary concentrate on the guild lines the administration gives them. Just like state law enforcement does in each state. Supposedly the administration, congress, state legislatures, on down to the local sheriff get their mandates on what the people want them to concentrate on from the voters themselves.In a perfect system but not ours.

    • Robert Campbell

      Well said 111 frogs, that’s it in a nut shell he(sessions) doesn’t have to like shite>>it has to be approved by congress for it to be legal on the federal level>>nothing else matters till that’s done<<!!!!

      • III Frogs

        Exactly. Those are the laws on the books. Congress can change them and we move along.

  • Charles Russell

    It is Legal in all 50 states and 6 territories including the
    District of Columbia (DC ) the Capital of the USA for
    Vetinary use without a Prescription .

  • Danny Tuel

    111 Frogs. So its your opinion that we should all study the Constitution and become lawyers before we complain about anything huh? Stupid Americans HUH? by the length of your post I believe you are of the type who likes to hear himself talk and impress us all with your amazing knowledge and insight. Myself I don’t buy it sorry 🙂

  • Ed

    So tell us how we get Cannabis off the Drug Schedules?
    Who has the authority to remove it?
    Once removed all cannabis laws would be repealed and we would be able to treat this PLANT as a PLANT!

    • lawmanjed

      Any Judge could and should rule that which is obvious and clear from a careful reading of the law itself: “marihuana”, which is LISTED as a Schedule 1 drug or substance in the federal regulations (21 CFR Sec. 1308.11(d)(23), issued in pursuance of federal law (21 US Code Sec. 812), is clearly NOT a Schedule 1 drug and is at best improperly listed and improperly (ie. illegally) maintained on Schedule 1, since the law itself (21 US Sec. 812 (b)(1)(B)) requires that all Schedule 1 drugs or substances have “NO CURRENTLY ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE IN TREATMENT IN THE UNITED STATES”. Since 1970, when the law and its schedules were established, there has been widespread growth of and now overwhelming evidence of marijuana’s “CURRENT widespread accepted medical use in the US”, including its adoption for medical use through medical marijuana laws and programs currently established and administered by the District of Columbia and by more than half and a growing number of the sovereign States of this nation. It is impossible to see how a Court would not be forced to conclude, through judicial notice and/or examination of voluminous evidence, that marihuana has “currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United​ States”, and therefore it has no business being recognized as a “Schedule 1” drug or substance. Furthermore​, unless and until Congress places it in another Category, ie. Category 2, 3, 4 or 5, it is simply not a “controlled substance” at all under federal law, which requires inclusion in one of these five categories, per 21 US Code Sec. 802 (6). Furthermore, 21 US Code Sec. 811(a)(2) requires the Attorney General to apply “the provisions of this subchapter to the controlled substances listed in the schedules established by Section 812”.

  • Lou Morong

    keep the fucking pop-up half a second into reading, bye felicia

  • David Macko

    I hope that this bill passes very quickly so that Attorney General Sessions will move on to important acts such as indicting Obama and Hillary Clinton for treason, murder and sedition so that they can at least be imprisoned for their crimes after fair trials.

  • foodforthought

    Regarding marijuana, 
I’d say, “Legalize it but don’t corporatize it.” Big business interests should not be allowed to outlaw home cultivation, the farmer’s roadside stand, or small businesses. A little competition may actually benefit larger firms. One cannot patent a plant, only strains which one has created. If home cultivation is forbidden, the number of strains available to patients and public alike will be limited to those that enrich a few wealthy people who favor ‘limited prohibition’ in order to line their own pockets. And commercial crops are likely to be pesticide-rich, rather than grown organically.

    No one should promote the canard that marijuana is socially undesirable, or dangerous–inherently toxic–like pharmaceutical drugs. Or even that it is a ‘drug’, except in Merriam-Webster’s third and broadest definition, as something which affects the mind. By that definition, religion and television (‘the plug-in drug’) should also be included. In truth marijuana is a medicinal herb, cultivated, bred, and evolved in service to human beings over thousands of years.

    “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that had two enemies: the anti-war left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting people to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, break up their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” –John Ehrlichman

    Prohibition of marijuana is a premise built on a tissue of lies: Concern For Public Safety. Our new laws save hundreds of lives every year, on our highways alone. In November of 2011, a study at the University of Colorado found that in the thirteen states that decriminalized marijuana between 1990 and 2009, traffic fatalities dropped by nearly nine percent—now nearly ten percent in Michigan—more than the national average, while sales of beer went flat by five percent. No wonder Big Alcohol opposes it. Ambitious, unprincipled, profit-driven undertakers might be tempted too.

    In 2012 a study released by 4AutoinsuranceQuote revealed that marijuana users are safer drivers than non-marijuana users, as “the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving”, which “is arguably a positive thing”.

    No one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. It’s the most benign ‘substance’ in history. Most people—and particularly patients who medicate with marijuana–use it in place of prescription drugs or alcohol.

    Marijuana has many benefits, most of which are under-reported or never mentioned in American newspapers. Research at the University of Saskatchewan indicates that, unlike alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or Nancy (“Just say, ‘No!’”) Reagan’s beloved nicotine, marijuana is a neuroprotectant that actually encourages brain-cell growth. Researchers in Spain (the Guzman study) and other countries have discovered that it also has tumor-shrinking, anti-carcinogenic properties. These were confirmed by the 30-year Tashkin population study at UCLA.

    Drugs are man-made, cooked up in labs, for the sake of patents and the profits gained by them. Often useful, but typically burdened with cautionary notes and lists of side effects as long as one’s arm. ‘The works of Man are flawed.’

    Marijuana is a medicinal herb, the most benign and versatile in history. In 1936 Sula Benet, a Polish anthropologist, traced the history of the word “marijuana”. It was “cannabis” in Latin, and “kanah bosm” in the old Hebrew scrolls, quite literally the Biblical Tree of Life, used by early Christians to treat everything from skin diseases to deep pain and despair. Why despair? Consider the current medical term for cannabis sativa: a “mood elevator”. . . as opposed to antidepressants, which ‘flatten out’ emotions, leaving patients numb to both depression and joy.

    The very name, “Christ” translates as “the anointed one”. Well then, anointed with what? It’s a fair question. And it wasn’t holy water, friends. Holy water came into wide use in the Middle Ages. In Biblical times, it was used by a few tribes of Greek pagans. And Christ was neither Greek nor pagan.

    Medicinal oil, for the Prince of Peace. A formula from the Biblical era has been rediscovered. It specifies a strong dose of oil from kanah bosom, ‘the fragrant cane’ of a dozen uses: ink, paper, rope, nutrition. . . . It was clothing on their backs and incense in their temples. And a ‘skinful’ of medicinal oil could certainly calm one’s nerves, imparting a sense of benevolence and connection with all living things. No wonder that the ‘anointed one’ could gain a spark, an insight, a sense of the divine, and the confidence to convey those feelings to friends and neighbors.

    Don’t want it in your neighborhood? Maybe you’re not the Christian you thought you were.

    Me? I’m appalled at the number of ‘Christian’ politicians, prosecutors, and police who pose on church steps or kneeling in prayer on their campaign trails, but cannot or will not face the scientific or the historical truths about cannabis, Medicinal Herb Number One, safe and effective for thousands of years, and celebrated as sacraments by most of the world’s major religions.

  • Goldbug

    Big Pharma is already holding patents on every conceivable medical use of cannabis. Tell me which enumerated duty in the Constitution gives the federal government a right to control or regulate the use of any plant? Keeping cannabis illegal only helps the drug traffickers and Big Pharma. Hemp is a very valuable and versatile crop that should be grown in every state. From what I’ve read, hemp seeds are being confiscated from growers in the states that have legalized it. It’s all about money and control. Marijuana has been developed specifically for high THC, but it certainly isn’t as lethal as alcohol.

    • Lynne Steveson

      Unless something has changed in the past 6 months, it is not lawful to have any patent on a plant of any kind. That is why medicines try to duplicate the results that plants give. On this planet, there is a plant that will cure any and all disease but the pharm companies will make no money on that. In order to synthesize a plant to make a medicine, the nucleus of the plant must be duplicated. It is impossible to duplicate the main cell and it always ends up being two cells that are at the center of any man made drug. In other words, those two cells fight each other at all times. That is what produces the severe side effects of almost every medicine that is sold by the pharm companies and why you need other medicines to help with those side effects. I know people who take up to 8 medicines for one issue because they fight each other while the body is trying very hard to recover to a healthy state. It’s a never ending cycle. Even scarier is how addicted the body gets to these synthetic drugs. It’s almost impossible to even get off a blood pressure meds without consequences. The whole world of medicine is a death machine. If only people would find what in nature cures what they deal with then the big pharmacies would be out of business tomorrow.

      • Goldbug

        I know what you are saying is true, but when I read this, there was a link that showed the approved patent applications and numbers. You know, don’t you, that this government no longer goes by the law? Personally, I don’t care either way. My 57-year-old son is a decades-long drug addict, who has been through numerous rehabs that apparently don’t work, and his life has been an ultimate hell. I hate drugs of all kinds, including Rx, which are the worst and the current street drug of choice, but they should all be decriminalized to put the traffickers out of business. Drugs are available EVERYWHERE; anyone who wants them can use them now while they’re illegal. Good only for the private prison industry. Sessions is wrong on this one, IMO. If they want to make something illegal, I suggest they target 24/7 Rx drug advertising on TV, radio and in magazines, telling everyone to BEG THEIR DOCTORS for them.

        • Lynne Steveson

          I totally agree. I’m sorry for what your family and so many others are going through. I miss the world I grew up in.

  • Jerry

    Taking it off schedule one would be the best idea. Because it is a schedule one drug any person that wishes to study the medicinal attributes of the plant has to go through huge amount of bullshit to get an ok from the government to study it. A schedule one is a schedule one drug and the government doesn’t see any difference between them. So if you want to study it you have to build a storage area that is just as strong for heroin or cocaine as for pot.They have to put security protocols in place and a whole system of things. Not worth it for smaller labs. Sessions just want to be able to arrest anyone he wants and to build up his department. He’s he has ties with the prison for profit industry and knows that if he wants to keep it profitable and his future bright he needs a steady supply of prisoners. Why do you think he ordered states to sentence more people to maximum. Odd how sessions suddenly couldn’t remember anything when asked about his meetings with Russian politicians. Congress didnt allow him to be a federal judge because of his bigotry but it was ok for him to be sec of justice.mm k . Personally I don’t think these bills will go anywhere big pharmas’ money will be voting against it.

  • Michael L. Wallace Jr.

    Jeff Sessions is a Marijuana Hitler . Common Sense would suggest illnesses (Including Cancers) Relieved or Healed by Cannabis are caused by Cannabinoid Deficiency . Every Adult , Senior & Child should be allowed to ingest a portion of fresh green moist raw Marijuana that has high amounts of all Cannabinoids with every meal .

  • Jean Eisenhower

    Just checked the Congress.gov site on this, and there has been NO action on this since March 2015.

  • Michael L. Wallace Jr.

    Article made to look like progress but it’s the same ole sh!t & nothing getting done . It’s time to elect a whole new congress , Clean the Slate & don’t let prior congress back in . We should always have a secondary congress ready to move in . If they can’t get nothing good done . Give them their walking papers & move a new group in . Then their subject matter will be “If we can’t get it done by the deadline we’re fired” .

  • jackieaxe

    Its not compassion that’s going to get Pot legal, its the tax revenues. I’m for it.