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Defense Bill Amendment- Legalization of Medical Cannabis for Military Veterans 2021
S.1183- Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act 2021-2022
S. 3077 Marijuana Effective Drug Studies (MEDS) Act of 2016 (2015-16)
S.253 - Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion Act
S.910- SAFE Banking Act of 2021
S.2667- Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (2017-2018)
S.1152 - SAFE Banking Act (2017-18)
S.3409- Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act (2017-2018)
S.1764- CARERS Act of 2017
S. 683: CARERS Act of 2015 (2015-16)
S. 1726: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 (2015-16)
S.1803 - MEDS Act (2017-2018)
S. 134: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (2015-16)
“We need to move towards decriminalization for two reasons: basic fairness and harm reduction,” Schatz said. “First, while white people and people of color use marijuana at the same rate, people of color are four times more likely to be arrested. So this is a matter of civil justice. And second, we have a nationwide opioid crisis. There are now credible studies that show a precipitous drop in opioid deaths in places where medical marijuana is legal. We are seeing that where medical marijuana is legal, opioid prescriptions decrease.” (04/20/18)
"We have an opioids epidemic. But there is no such thing as a marijuana epidemic."
"I hope every third-party voting progressive remembers this. There's a real difference between R's and D's."
He said that Sessions would reverse eight years of progress toward "a more humane, less expensive, more just system" by ramping up punishment for marijuana users.
"States are the laboratory of democracy, and democracy is occurring when it comes to this issue," Schatz said. "I don't think Hawaii is ready for it; I don't think we're ready for nationwide legislation."
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