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S.1276 - Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (2017-18)
"To think we have six or eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes and even more for medical purposes, and Washington is singing out of a different hymn book. It's not good," Durbin said. "We've got to decide. Are we going to acknowledge states' rights in this area or are we going to demand a federal standard? I think the states and the referenda in those states are moving us in a direction to at least use marijuana for medical purposes."
"No, I tell ya, I think we ought to ... let's approach it this way: let's watch how the states deal with medical marijuana before we try to establish a national policy."
Rather, Durbin says the U.S. needs to loosen up on sentences for drug crimes. He says too much money is spent to imprison drug offenders who aren't dangerous.
While Durbin said he supports the use of medical marijuana, he noted that he doesn't support the decriminalization of the drug, expressing concern about it being a "gateway" to more serious drugs. He said possession of marijuana, however, should not be treated in a criminal fashion, because that could lead to prisons being filled with non-violent offenders.
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