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Cannabis Legalization Creating Strange Bedfellows

 

No one was surprised when Oregon Senators Ron Wyden (D) and Earl Blumenauer (D) paired up to write the "Path to Marijuana Reform", a bipartisan package of three related bills that address issues such as taxation, banking, civil forfeiture, descheduling, decriminalization, research, individual protections and regulation. 

 

And no one was (too) surprised when the US Attorney General announced a counter attack on cannabis. Nor when he recently redoubled his attack.

 

But eyebrows are certainly raising lately around pairings in the cannabis legalization dance. 

 

In the latest installation of political "Now what?", allow the American Cannabis Report to present:

 

Roger Stone & Jesse Ventura:

 

Stone announced on Friday at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in New York the formation of the bipartisan United States Cannabis Coalition, an advocacy group with the express purpose of protecting state's rights to legalize and regulate [cannabis]."

 

Rand Paul and Al Franken:

 

(and Cory Booker & Lisa Murkowski)

 

(and Mike Lee & Kirsten Gillibrand)...

 

"...are supporting a bill  that would protect states that allow medical marijuana from any federal interference. This legislation would also remove current obstacles to medical marijuana research."

 

The Senate Bill is "a new version of the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act of 2015 (CARERS) originally introduced by Sen. Booker two years ago and that was also sponsored by the bipartisan group of senators pushing the new legislation."

 

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