Frank files legislation for medical marijuana

May 04, 2005

, South Coast Today (MA)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank re-introduced legislation this week to let individual states allow medical marijuana use.  Although several states have legalized medical marijuana, the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that federal law supersedes state law on the issue. 

Rep. Frank said in a release that he believes the federal government is wrong to prohibit medical marijuana if states approve it and doctors recommend it for patients. 

'Nothing in this proposal makes marijuana more available for the general population,' he said. 

The bill has more than 25 co-sponsors in the House but did not pass when Rep. Frank introduced it in 2003. 

His spokeswoman, Jennifer Porter Gore, said the current bill is identical to the one he introduced in the past.

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