The response from Republicans toward marijuana legalization is turning into one of shock and awe, to use the term loosely. Right wingers from across the country have been shifting their philosophies and policies about cannabis and some are even coming out and saying outright that it should be legalized. Presidential candidate and Senator Rand Paul has become one of the most vocal Republicans when it comes to marijuana and now, another fellow Republican senator has joined Paul in co-signing on what could become a groundbreaking legislation.
The Daily Caller’s Jonah Bennett reports that Nevada’s Republican Senator Dean Heller recently announced he’s adding his name to the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, which would reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II and ban the federal government from coming down on medical marijuana operations and violating states’ rights.
Senators Rand Paul, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand are heading up the legislation.
Heller put out a press release where he states, “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. 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.”
Dan Riffle is the director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. He told The Daily Caller News Foundation, “We applaud Sen. Heller for co-sponsoring this important legislation, and we hope to see more of his Republican colleagues join him as it moves forward. This bill reflects several Republican principles. Rarely do you see a piece of legislation that is designed to protects states’ rights, respect medical choice, support our veterans, and promote tax fairness. Sen. Heller’s decision to sign on in support of this proposal demonstrates a growing level of support for marijuana policy reform within the Republican Party.”