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Eight Things Obama can do to Bring Relief to Medical Marijuana Patients

2013-03-03T151338Z_2_CBRE9210K7L00_RTROPTP_4_USA-FISCAL-OBAMA-SHUTDOWN.jpgIn the past year or so, the federal government has taken a number of steps towards easing the crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana patients that began shortly after California passed Prop 215 in 1996. From the passage and signing on the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, to the introduction of the CARERS Act, to lifting the Public Health Service (PHS) Review Process that inhibited research, to the Senate Drug Caucus hearing on cannabis-based therapeutics, it is clear that both Congress and the Administration see the current policies against medical marijuana research and access are not sustainable for much longer.  And with President Obama's announcement that many people who are currently incarcerated for federal marijuana violations may be released, it seems likely that he would be willing to consider additional options to keep the momentum going.

Despite this undeniable progress, there is a great amount of work left to be down, most prominently in the area of immediate access. Here are several things that President Obama can either take action directly on or encourage his Administration to do so that would incrementally help end the federal war on medical marijuana patients. Many of these items would ultimately be better served through passage of the CARERS Act, as it would be binding and permanent legislation that another subsequent POTUS could not ignore. However, there is no reason for Administration to wait for Congress to act, and here's a list of several things they should get started on.

 

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