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Today over 300 million Americans live in states with medical cannabis laws, and over 2 million individuals are legally using medical cannabis under these state programs. However, all of these patients and programs are in violation of federal laws.
2. National Patient Organizations Are Calling for Change in Federal Law So far in 2016, Pennsylvania and Ohio have passed
Even with all the progress in medical cannabis access, regulations, and safety protocols in programs in the US and around the globe, the conflict between individual country laws and international treaties, particularly the UN Single Convention Treaty of 1961, continues to be an issue.
State lawmakers now have the tools they need to improve medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and other advocates have worked for years to lay the foundations that have made these changes possible. We're making real progress, but until we pass the CARERS Act, state laws and the people they are intended to protect remain in jeopardy
For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take part in a "marijuana vote-a-rama" of sorts, with several amendments to dealing with marijuana to be offered on the floor during the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.
Under V.H.A. Directive 2011-004, V.A. physicians are explicitly forbidden from being able to offer their medical opinion about whether a veteran patient might benefit from participating in a state medical marijuana program. Veterans who served their country with honor deserve equal access to state medical marijuana programs.
As interesting as it is to see which parts of the country will be the next to reform their marijuana laws, the reality is that every candidate on every ballot represents a chance to vote on medical marijuana.
It was like any other conversation we had ever had, except for when timelines entered the conversation, and we knew he would not live to see his strategy play out.
Political attack ads have been purchased by the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA), which has vowed to run ads
Medical marijuana advocates are turning up the heat on House lawmakers who last week voted against an amendment to block the Drug Enforcement Administration from cracking down on state-legal medical marijuana shops and patients.
The appropriations measure prohibiting the DEA from spending funds to arrest state-licensed medical marijuana patients and
Legal access to medical cannabis has been supported by the American public for decades, and it is the law in 20 states and D.C., but this issue can be complex, and successfully navigating it requires a clear understanding of where we've been, what we know, and where we want to go.
Certainly, restoring its classification will mean much for all of us who depend on medical cannabis for our well-being -- expanded research and medical acceptance, improved quality assurance and better consistency for our medicine.
These would seem to be good times to be a medical cannabis advocate. But what is unfolding in Washington State is weighing on me.
The principles of good faith, fair play and common decency dictate that based on these facts, DOJ owes the state of Washington, and other similarly affected states like California, Montana, and Michigan, a period of time to bring state laws in compliance with the second Cole Memo.
It's no mistake that Dr. Gupta, a neurosurgeon by profession and one-time candidate for U.S. Surgeon General, has radically changed his position on medical cannabis.
It's not simply a battle of politics and laws that takes place in legislatures and courtrooms. It is a war that is being waged in our neighborhoods on a daily basis, adversely affecting millions of people every year, and costing the U.S. taxpayers hundreds of million dollars.