One of the most avid advocates of the war on drugs gave his strong support to a Senate initiative on a medical marijuana bill. Sen. Chuck Schumer, co-sponsored the Carers Act which would reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II thereby recognizing that the drug has medicinal value.
The bill was introduced by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker in March and quickly gained support from both sides of the aisle, including Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and GOP Sen. Rand Paul.
The bill also provides for banks to extend financial assistance and services to marijuana dispensaries in states that have legal medical marijuana program. In states that have legalized marijuana, veterans would be allowed access to medical cannabis and the federal government would be prohibited from cracking down on medical marijuana operations.