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H.R. 1538 (114th): CARERS Act of 2015

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About the bill

There aren’t many issues that would unite Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), one of the most progressive Democrat senators from one of the bluest states, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), one of the most libertarian Republican senators from one of the reddest states. But they’ve teamed up for S. 683, the CARERS (Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States) Act, which would reshape the status of medical marijuana in this country.

Existing law

The relationship between federal and state law on medical marijuana is somewhat tricky. 23 states plus ...

Sponsor and status

Steve Cohen

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015
Length: 11 pages
Mar 23, 2015
114th Congress, 2015–2017
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 23, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum in House and Senate
    — Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9] (Sponsor) on Mar 31, 2015

Congressmen Young Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Increase States Rights to Regulate Medical Marijuana
    — Rep. Don Young [R-AK0] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 24, 2015

Congressmen Cohen & Young Introduce Bipartisan House Companion to Sens. Rand Paul, Cory Booker & Kirsten Gillibrands Medical Marijuana Legislation
    — Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9] (Sponsor) on Mar 24, 2015

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Mar 23, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 1538 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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