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The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, introduced by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Don Young (R-Alaska), is a House companion bill to identical Senate legislation from Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced earlier this month. Each bill seeks to drastically reduce the federal government's ability to crack down on state-legal medical marijuana programs and aims to encourage more research into the plant.
The historic Senate version of the bill has also gained traction with two new sponsors since its introduction: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.).
Allow patients, doctors and businesses to participate in their states' medical marijuana programs without fear of being prosecuted by the federal government.
Reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous substance, moving it from Schedule I to Schedule II.
Give veterans easier access to medical marijuana.
Eliminate barriers to marijuana research.
Remove low-THC strains of marijuana from the controlled substances list.
Open up banking for marijuana businesses.
because too many people in power still believe that pot is as bad as heroin