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S. 683 (114th): Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States 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 the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, with potentially several more added to that list before the end of the year. However, marijuana technically remains illegal on the federal level in any form — whether medical or recreational.

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Sponsor and status

Cory Booker

Sponsor. Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 10, 2015
Length: 10 pages
Mar 10, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 10, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


19 Cosponsors (15 Democrats, 3 Republicans, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Gillibrand to Push for Federal Medical Marijuana Reforms in Keynote Before the National Cannabis Industry Association
    — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 21, 2015

Heller Cosponsors Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Legislation
    — Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 11, 2015

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

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Mar 10, 2015

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

S. 683 (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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 683. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

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

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