Rand Paul: If states OK medical pot, feds shouldn’t prosecute
Likely presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined a pair of Democratic senators Tuesday to introduce legislation that seeks to block the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana users and providers in states where it’s been legalized.
The announcement comes shortly after Paul received praise from pro-marijuana activists at a major gathering of conservatives near Washington, and it appears to further his interest in making pot a campaign issue.
The bill, which Paul is introducing with Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, would forbid federal interference in states setting medical marijuana policies. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, but it’s still against federal law, which advocates say makes access more difficult and carries the potential threat of federal prosecution.
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