If you have yet to hear about the CARERS Act, I will not hold it against you. It was a bill introduced the better part of a year ago that would essentially "legalize marijuana and effectively end the federal war on cannabis." Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) cop-wrote the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act and introduced it last March, and there has been little movement since.
You might ask why such impactful legislation — that which would completely revolutionize how marijuana is treated, from its Schedule I status down to II or II and completely declassifying CBD and low-THC weed — has failed to gain traction. Well, the simple matter is that a bill containing this legislation has yet to be heard.
No hearing has been set, and Senator Chuck Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee has been asked kindly by more than 20,000 people at the time of this writing — in our favorite petition form — to please consider setting a date before this legislation dies:
"The CARERS ACT would allow States to decide what is legal regarding medical marijuana, but Sen. Grassley who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee must schedule a hearing for it to have a chance. This was co-sponsored by numerous legislators. For democracy to work, a hearing is needed. Ask Sen. Grassley to be an American, and give this ACT its hearing."
That bit is bookended by excellent points regarding democracy. We live in a land of democracy — if you choose to believe it. People have fled oppression to join us and died defending it. Good, revolutionary ideas begin their long road to fruition first by being heard by the committee, so if it is their plan to kill the idea, at least you can let Grassley know you think that is bullshit.