As we approach mid-term elections, medical marijuana advocates went to Washington D.C. to urge lawmakers to pass a measure that would stop the federal government from restricting medical marijuana laws on the state level. It is not yet clear if the marijuana legalization movement has harmed the legitimacy of the medical marijuana cause.
As of right now there are 20 states that have passed laws to legalized medical marijuana, despite the drugs standing on the federal level, according to Times.
New York is poised to be the next state to enter the medical marijuana confederacy. However, many feel that it is unlikely that the bill will pass is unlikely to pass in Republican-controlled House, according to the article. Democrats do not want to stand on the issue in the Senate in a midterm election year.
Although, the Obama Administration appears to be open to considering the removal of marijuana from the list of dangerous drugs, the article points out.
“Once you use this medication and it works for you, or you see it work for a loved one, it really is crazy that we can’t even get a hearing at this point,” said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group. “We’re actually regulating this product from seed to consumption.”