Breaking News: Senator Lindsey Graham signs on to CARERS! We are one step closer to federal reform as ASA launches it's National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference
March 11, 2016 | Don Duncan
US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has just agreed to co-sponsor the CARERS Act. This is a big development and just days before Americans for Safe Access (ASA) brings hundreds of citizen advocates to the Capitol as part of our 4th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference. As a result, participants will have more momentum when asking their representatives in Congress to pass the CARERS Act, the first comprehensive medical cannabis reform bill in Congress.
The passage of the CARERS Act would allow state medical marijuana programs to continue without federal interference, move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substance Schedule, remove the marijuana compound Cannabidiol (CBD) entirely from the schedule, create access to banking services for marijuana businesses in legal states, eliminate the DEA-mandated “NIDA-monopoly” that prevents researchers from obtaining marijuana for clinical studies, and allow Veterans Health Administration physicians to write recommendations in states that have established a medical marijuana program.
Senator Graham’s support is a huge victory for patients and advocates and would not have happened without the tireless work of patient advocates like you! We need to build on this momentum and pass CARERS this year!
The Senator sits on the influential Senate Judiciary Committee, which must approve the CARERS Act before the full Senate votes on it. We believe the bill will pass, if it gets to the floor. Participants in the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference lobby day will be asking committee members and their colleagues to adopt that bill this year. That is why you need to be in Washington, DC, next week to help make it happen.
2016 will go down in history as one of the most significant years for medical cannabis policy ever. We have an incredible opportunity to change laws and set policy in motion that will result in safe access globally. Our goal is to connect advocates, industry workers and leaders, researchers, doctors and others to effect real change for medical cannabis.
Get signed up today so that you can be a part of it all at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, DC, March 18-22. As a participant, you will meet, network with, and learn from other patients, providers, activists, medical and legal professionals from around the world. You will also work with this incredible community to change domestic and international policy.