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The introduction of the CARERS Act by Senators Booker (D-NJ), Paul (R-KY), and Gillibrand (D-NY) is a historic moment in the medical marijuana movement. For the first time ever, we now have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in the U.S. Senate. The bill would allow state programs to continue without federal inference, reschedule marijuana out of Schedule I, remove CBD from the scheduling, create access to banking services for legal marijuana business, end the Public Health service review process and NIDA monopoly that blocks research, and allows VA doctors to write recommendations in states that have a medical marijuana program.
Showing a Senate leader appreciation will help build a valuable relationship between these offices and the patient advocate community. This is the best way you can show your support.
The Richmond City Council has postponed a vote, originally scheduled for March 3, to bring the number of available dispensary permits in the city from six down to three. If you live or work in Richmond, the City Council needs to hear from you. Use the talking points below to write a personalized email or make a short phone call to the the members of the City Council. Tell them not to lower the number of dispensaries in Richmond.
Remember that you are most effective when you are brief and courteous!
House Bill 2058 is a far better proposal than other legislation we have seen this session, and the language in this bill is what we want to see sent to the Governor’s desk. In addition to strengthening protections against patient discrimination, HB 2058 would establish a dedicated framework for licensing of medical cannabis producers, processors and dispensers who currently provide safe products and quality care to seriously ill patients.
The bipartisan proposal reintroduces the regulatory system originally passed by the 2011 Legislature. Unfortunately, under threat of federal intervention, then-Governor Christine Gregoire vetoed 36 sections of the bill. HB 2058 would simply restore the vetoed provisions first passed in 2011.
Tell you Virginia state legislators to support safe access to medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access
There are currently three bills concerning medical marijuana before the Virginia legislature. While each of these proposals would be an improvement to the current situation, these bills each fall short from providing Virginian's with safe and legal access to medical marijuana therapy.
Congress took an unprecedented step on December 12th, 2014 to help protect medical cannabis patients in states with medical programs already in place. Passing both houses of Congress, an omnibus spending bill had an amendment introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-R) that would prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering in the implementation of state medical cannabis laws.
Patient advocates argue, with concurrence from law enforcement, that this historic measure will dramatically impact DOJ enforcement, including ending federal medical marijuana raids, arrests, criminal prosecutions, and civil asset forfeiture lawsuits, as well as providing prisoners with a way to petition for their release.
On behalf of the Connecticut Chapter of Americans for Safe Access, I’d like to formally announce our chapter’s newest initiative, amending the list of “Debilitating Illnesses” that qualify under the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program to include:
- Arthritis/ Osteoarthritis
- Chronic Pain
U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan resigned recently and our U.S. Senators are now considering who to recommend as her replacement. It is very important that Senators Murray and Cantwell recommend a replacement who has at least as much respect for the state medical cannabis program as former U.S. Attorney Durkan. Please take a moment to fill out the following letter to both Senators Murray and Cantwell to make sure they recommend a U.S. Attorney who will help preserve the rights of medical cannabis patients in Washington State.
Peace for Patients is a campaign to end the war on medical cannabis patients. To date, 20 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing patients to access medical cannabis under the recommendation of their doctor. Over one million people in the US are legally using medical cannabis and 85% of Americans support the US of medical cannabis. Yet the federal government continues to use precious resources to wage a war on these medical cannabis programs and in the its path disrupts the lives of patients, displaces workers, tramples on state and local governments and takes individuals away from their families.
Join the Peace for Patients Campaign by calling on Congress to stop the war on patients and resolve the conflict between federal and state laws once and for all. Sign the Petition TODAY!
UPDATE 08/14/2014 - SB 1262 was held in committee today and will not pass this year. Please help by participating in another action alert!
The California Assembly will soon vote on SB 1262, a bill to regulate doctors who write medical cannabis recommendations and people and businesses that commercially cultivate, process, test, and sell it. Research conducted by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and our experience of almost twelve years of regulation at the city and county level show that regulations preserve safe, legal, and dignified access to medicine for patients; while reducing crime and complaints in neighborhoods. That is a win-win situation for most Californians.
Send an email to your California Assembly Member today asking him or her to vote yes on SB 1262.
Every year, The Senate approves a series of appropriations bills that formally sets the budget for various governmental departments and agencies. The Commerce, Justice, Science, and other Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill determines the budget of the DOJ and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the coming fiscal year.
The US House of Representatives voted late Thursday (May 30, 2014) night to cut off funding for federal medical cannabis raids, arrests, and prosecutions in states where it is legal. This is arguably the biggest victory yet in the contemporary fight for medical cannabis rights. By a vote of 219 to 189, the Republican-dominated House approved the bipartisan Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to the Commerce, Science, and Justice (CJS) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015. Forty-nine Republicans and 179 Democrats voted in favor of the amendment.
As historic as this vote was, the same CJS amendment must still be introduced in the Senate and pass there as well. We're doing our part by lobbying on Capitol Hill, but we desperately need your help contact your Senators and asking for their support to this amendment.