Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Supports Medical Marijuana Bill

March 2, 1999

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined with Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) today as an original co-sponsor of his Medical Use of Marijuana Act. The legislation would end Federal restrictions which currently run counter to laws in California on the medical use of marijuana. "The opportunity to ease the suffering of people who are enduring difficult and painful therapies is an opportunity we must not ignore," Pelosi said.

The bill would move marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug, a change that would acknowledge the medical uses of the drug, and allow for states to determine its medical uses without being in conflict with Federal law. The bill would also remove barriers to biomedical research on the safety and efficacy of marijuana in relieving pain and wasting syndrome.

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