WASHINGTON – New York’s Junior Senator in Washington is joining a bi-partisan effort to end federal prosecution in states where medical marijuana has been legalized.
On Tuesday afternoon, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will join Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rand Paul (R-KY) in announcing new legislation to allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution.
Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia, and 12 states have laws regulating cannabidiol oils, a non-psychotropic component of medical marijuana used to treat seizures.
However, federal laws leave those who prescribe, use and sell medical marijuana vulnerable to arrest.
Gillibrand says the bill will make overdue reforms to ensure patients – including veterans receiving care from VA facilities in states with medical marijuana programs – access the care they need.
More details on the legislation will be announced Tuesaday afternoon during a media conference in Washington.