Thursday, July 07, 2005

Frank Introduces Medical-Marijuana Shield Bill

Frank Introduces Medical-Marijuana Shield Bill


Doctors and pharmacists who recommend medical marijuana to their patients would be shielded by federal prosecution under a measure introduced in Congress by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

The Washington Times reported May 5 that Frank's legislation would shield doctors in the 10 states that currently have medical-marijuana laws. Frank has proposed similar measures in the past, but the latest bill has attracted some bipartisan support.

"The federal government should butt out," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). Added Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): "The only problem with this bill is it's so modest."

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