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Senators Plan to Introduce Federal Medical Marijuana Bill

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File photo of marijuana plants on display for sale at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California, on July 11, 2014. (David McNew/Reuters) UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: This post was updated to provide more details on the provisions in the bill.
In what advocates describe as an historic first, a trio of senators plan to unveil a federal medical marijuana bill Tuesday.
The bill, to be introduced by Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), would end the federal ban on medical marijuana and implement a series of reforms long sought by advocates. They include downgrading its status with the Drug Enforcement Agency from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, allowing doctors to recommend its use in some cases to veterans, expanding access to researchers and making it…