U.S.: NCIA Calls On Sen. Grassley To Hold Hearings On Marijuana Legislation
As Grassley holds outdated prohibitionist hearing, he continues to obstruct bipartisan efforts to help medical marijuana patients and providers
The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) on Monday called on Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to respect the will of the voters and bipartisan members of his own committee by holding hearings on the CARERS Act.
The CARERS Act is bipartisan legislation, originally introduced by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY), that would allow patients access to medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution and open up new avenues for research into marijuana's medical potential.
While he continues to obstruct any action to help critically ill patients and the providers who care for them, Senator Grassley is holding a Monday hearing designed to conjure up outdated prohibitionist fear-mongering.
"More than 80 percent of Americans believe patients should have legal access to medical marijuana," said Aaron Smith, executive director of NCIA. "Sen. Grassley could be helping patients in need, supporting legitimate small businesses, and respecting the overwhelming will of the voters. Instead, he plays obstructionist again, refusing to even have a conversation about a bill that has the support of Republicans and Democrats alike.
"Sen. Grassley may be stuck in the past, but the rest of us are not," Smith said. "It's time for him to do his job and hold real hearings on real legislation that could make a real difference for patients and providers across the country."
In addition to the CARERS Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders's Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act also sits bottled up in Sen. Grassley's Judiciary Committee, despite a recent national AP poll showing that 61 percent of Americans support the legalization of cannabis.
Photo of Sen. Chuck Grassley: Constitutional Accountability Center