No issue seems closer to Steve Cohen’s heart than getting marijuana legalized. He worked 17 years to get Tennessee to allow gambling via the lottery scholarships; he appears willing to wait this out, too.
Of course, it’s first promoted under the banner of compassion. The hook is that people – particularly children – should be able to get pain relief via marijuana. This is the game the Dems always play; make something previously unpalatable palatable by exploiting children and the sick.
He explains in his weekly email letter with this sob story:
Memphis 3-year-old Chloe Grauer suffered from a rare neurological disease that caused her to have 100 to 200 seizures daily. Her family tried dozens of options to treat her disease including medications and surgery, but nothing stopped the seizures. Her family also tried to treat her with CBD, but were unable to because of marijuana’s Schedule I classification—the same highly-restrictive classification as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Sadly, Chloe passed away late last year. Despite current federal limits on marijuana research and medical usage, there is mounting evidence that the drug is an effective and safe treatment for nausea, pain, anxiety, and other disorders including certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
He goes on to tout himself:
Medical marijuana legislation led in the House by Congressmen Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) and in the Senate by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is gaining more and more bipartisan support. Six Republicans and six Democrats have now cosponsored the bipartisan, bicameral Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which would let states set their own medical marijuana policies, recognize a legitimate medical use for marijuana at the federal level, and allow Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to recommend safe and effective marijuana-related treatments. The CARERS Act would also increase access to a non-psychoactive treatment that might have helped save the life of 3-year-old Memphian Chloe Grauer, who suffered from hundreds of seizures each day before tragically passing away late last year.
“Republicans and Democrats agree: federal law on medical marijuana is outdated, out of touch, and needs to change,” said Congressman Cohen. “Ailing patients deserve compassion, not prosecution, especially when they live in states that have legalized medical marijuana. I thank my colleagues for supporting this bill and I hope their brave stances cause more Members of Congress help us pass this common-sense bill to respect states’ rights.”
In addition to lead sponsors Senator Booker and Congressman Cohen, the CARERS Act is cosponsored by Senators Paul (R-KY), Gillbrand (D-NY), Heller (R-NV), and Boxer (D-CA) as well as Representatives Young (R-AK), Conyers (D-MI), Rohrabacher (R-CA), Nadler (D-NY), Hunter (R-CA), Lofgren (D-CA), Hanna (R-NY) and Norton (D-DC). This bipartisan legislation, which builds upon previous House efforts, would not legalize medical marijuana in any state but it would cause the federal government to respect states’ rights to set their own medical marijuana policies and prevent federal law enforcement from prosecuting patients, doctors and caregivers in those states.
“I welcome the support H.R. 1538 has received in recent days and look forward to building a broader coalition for states’ rights on the issue of marijuana,” said Congressman Don Young. “As I’ve said before, my support for the CARERS Act and similar efforts in Congress has always been based upon a strong belief in the 10th Amendment and the principals of federalism. The CARERS Act is just one step towards protecting states that have legalized marijuana, and would allow them to properly enforce their laws and business practices.
That’s the first step towards the total acceptance of marijuana in America.
But look at the audience he’s turning to; it’s college students. Here’s the facebook post about the event tomorrow in Rose Auditorium: “The campus chapter NORML and the SEA of the University of Memphis are so excited to announce that Congressman Steve Cohen will be gracing us with his presence and wisdom the evening of Monday, April 20th at 5:30 pm. He will be speaking on issues related to marijuana legalization, its medical benefits, as well as his recent legislation that aims to reclassify marijuana as a non-schedule I drug. Come listen to our charming and insightful Congressman from the 9th District speak on these issues and enjoy free pizza afterwards! Celebrate 4-20 with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Legislation and Congressman Stephen Cohen!:
Free pizza! A “charming and insightful Congressman!”
Now that should persuade you.