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New York Senator Schumer Co-Sponsors Federal Medical Marijuana Legislation

chuck schumer marijuanaToday, Senator Schumer (D-NY) added his name to the Senate’s sweeping medical marijuana bill. The CARERS Act, introduced in March by Sens Gillibrand (D-NY), Booker (D-NJ), and Paul (R-KY) would end federal prohibition of medical marijuana, and remove barriers for research, veterans, and banking. The move comes just days before New York State is expected to announce the names of five companies that will be allowed to produce medical marijuana in New York. New York’s medical marijuana is expected to become fully operational in January 2016.

New York patients have expressed their gratitude for Senator Schumer’s support:

“Chuck Schumer sided with patients and their families yesterday when he agreed to co-sponsor the CARERS Act,” said Kate Hintz of North Salem, NY, whose daughter Morgan suffers from a severe seizure disorder. “I’m proud to be from a state where both Senators – Gillibrand and Schumer – have recognized the importance of medical marijuana. Families, like mine, should be able to use medical marijuana when a doctor recommends it without having to worry about federal interference.  I hope the rest of our leaders in Washington will follow the lead of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, act quickly to pass the CARERS Act, and help relieve patient suffering.”

“I’m thrilled that Senator Schumer became a co-sponsor of the CARERS Act,” said four-time cancer survivor, Nancy Rivera from Troy, NY. “The CARERS Act recognizes that states should be allowed to set their own medical marijuana policies without federal interference. Patients in New York, who have waited so long for medical marijuana, should be able to access medicine without worrying about the federal government shutting the program down.  Senator Schumer took a stand on the right side of history and a stand for patients in New York.”

“As the possible future head of the Senate Democrats, and a key member of the Judiciary Committee, Schumer’s addition is a huge step forward for the bill”, said Michael Collins, Policy Manager at Drug Policy Alliance.

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  • PhDScientist

    Kudos to Senator Schumer!

  • PhDScientist

    It is a MORAL IMPERATIVE that Medical Marijuana be immediately legalized in all 50 states.

    For Cancer patients, for kids suffering from Seizures, and for so many others, safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death.

    Ask any American who’s gone through Chemotherapy who’s used it.

    There’s a great article in the July 22nd special issue of Newsweek on CANCER, titled
    “Marijuana is a Wonder Drug for when it comes to the horrors of Chemo”
    According to a 2014 survey, 82% of Oncologists want their patients to be able to use Medical Marijuana

    Ask the parents of any American kid with a seizure disorder who’s life its saved.

    They need a special kind of Marijuana oil that’s impossible to get in the 27 states that don’t have Medical Marijuana, and for their kids, its a matter of life and death.

    We need the President to cut through the red tape and take personal action on this issue right now. We need Congress to pass the CARERS act too. Americans are suffering and dying — needlessly!

    Please call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President have Marijuana removed from Schedule 1, You can email the President by going to whitehouse.gov and clicking on “contact us”

    Call and email your Senators and Representative as well, and ask that they pass the CARERS act — IMMEDIATELY.

    Call and email every day, and ask everyone you know to call and email every day, and to keep calling, and keep emailing, for however long it takes, until the President, Congress or both take action.

    Please do everything you can to get as many people as possible to call and email and to keep on calling and emailing, every single day.

    Do everything you can to help with this effort.

    Pass it on.

    With luck the effort will go viral.

    The lives of countless Americans depend on it.

  • Social Conservative

    Go Schumer!

  • PhDScientist

    We need to get the CARERS act passed NOW. Americans, including Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly!

  • There is so much support for cannabis reform by the people of the state of New York, and yet the state government continues to take a two-steps-backward approach.

    • Jordan Shorette

      haha more like they all took a page from Cuomos head up ass handbook,at least hes attempting something though

  • barada

    Are only insider, “selected” companies allowed to sell cannabis in NY?
    The law sounds like it may favor “insider” firms, unless I am mistaken.

    Schumer is well-known to love his corporate connections, so it would seem to fit.

    Someone please correct me on this, if I am wrong.

  • PhDScientist

    We need full legalization of Marijuana. It should never have been made illegal in the first place. Its much safer than alcohol. Either bring back prohibition, or end prohibition 2.0. But treat them the same for recreational purposes — that’s more than fair to Alcohol, considering how dangerous it is when used recreationally.

    But its even more important, and urgent, to fully legalize Marijuana nationally immediately, for medical purposes — for all 50 states — so it can be prescribed on the same basis as every other medication.

    If a state wants to be “dry” and outlaw Alcohol, or both Alcohol and Marijuana, for recreational purposes, they can choose to do so.

    But no state should be able to stop law abiding citizens who need Medical Marijuana from being prescribed Medical Marijuana by their Physicians on the same basis as every other medication.

  • PhDScientist

    We need to get everyone who cares about this issue to call, email, and write to the President, their Senators, and their Representative, every single day, until they finally take action on this incredibly important issue.
    THIS YEAR 1.6 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.
    Every day 1,500 Americans die from it — after suffering horribly.
    Every single American Cancer patient deserves the right to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.

  • PhDScientist

    Something seems to be wrong with the commenting software.
    I had posted the following comment yesterday, and edited it this morning to add the line about 82% of Oncologists wanting their patients to be able to use Medical Marijuana.
    That information is from the Newsweek article on Medical Marijuana in their special issue on CANCER.
    When I hit “Save Edit” it came up with “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by The Weed Blog”, then when I returned to the site, the comment was gone.
    I’m reposting it now. Hopefully whatever problem there is with the comment management software will be corrected — thanks — comment follows —

    t is a MORAL IMPERATIVE that Medical Marijuana be immediately legalized in all 50 states.

    For Cancer patients, for kids suffering from Seizures, and for so many others, safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death.

    Ask any American who’s gone through Chemotherapy who’s used it.
    There’s a great article in the July 22nd special issue of Newsweek on CANCER, titled
    “Marijuana is a Wonder Drug for when it comes to the horrors of Chemo”
    According to a 2014 poll, 82% of Oncologists felt that Medical Marijuana should be included as a treatment option.

    Ask the parents of any American kid with a seizure disorder who’s life its saved.

    They need a special kind of Marijuana oil that’s impossible to get in the 27 states that don’t have Medical Marijuana, and for their kids, its a matter of life and death.

    We need the President to cut through the red tape and take personal action on this issue right now. We need Congress to pass the CARERS act too. Americans are suffering and dying — needlessly!

    Please call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President have Marijuana removed from Schedule 1, You can email the President by going to whitehouse.gov and clicking on “contact us”

    Call and email your Senators and Representative, and ask that they pass the CARERS act — IMMEDIATELY.

    Call and email every day, and ask everyone you know to call and email every day, and to keep calling, and keep emailing, for however long it takes, until the President, Congress or both take action.

    Please do everything you can to get as many people as possible to call and email and to keep on calling and emailing, every single day.

    Do everything you can to help with this effort.

    Pass it on.

    With luck the effort will go viral.

    The lives of countless Americans depend on it.

  • PhDScientist

    We need action taken at the Federal level to completely legalize Medical Marijuana in all 50 states. The fact that 82% of Oncologists want their patients to be able to use Medical Marijuana is an incredibly strong argument, as is the fact that 80% of Americans want it to be legal for Medical purposes.

    • Jeff Brown

      Its a no brainer- the Israeli scientist who discovered Thc and has studied the plant for 40 years says it is medicine. Israeli has recognized that fact and pharmacies in Israel can distribute it for medical use, The DEA’s own law judge in 1988 said after extensive hearings that it is the safest therapeutic substance known to man and recommended it be removed from federal schedule I so it could be used for medicine. Over 30 states recognize it has medical use. The feds are way behind the people, the states and the scientist. It is a crime against humanity for the feds to continue with their bullshit.

  • timedonkey

    Marijuana was always medical and appeared in the Pharmacopias of every nation for thousands of years. The Hemp Prohibition was a racist inspired abomination to begin with and designed to oppress Mexicans, Blacks and their Friends. Today’s slavers have institutionalized their advantage by criminalizing, disenfranchising, robbing and incarceating the same folks they can no longer call property.

  • tricky ricky

    Schumer may be able to get a hearing/vote in the judiciary committee sooner rather than later since he’s been around and has some stroke. That moron-Chuck Grasserly from Iowa is the head of this committee and I’m sure he’s the one that’s holding it up. This assface is going to be 82 years old and is running again in 2016. Unfreakinbelievable!!! C’mon Iowa…vote this old coot out.

    • Jetdoc

      He is! He said he’d NEVER give it a hearing in HIS committee. Sen. Flake from AZ was gonna try to force one but chickened out!