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Pass The CARERS Act And Protect Medical Marijuana Patients

congress marijuana sanjay gupta weedThere is a petition to pass the CARERS Act. I urge everyone to sign it. Below are the details (174,640 signatures as of this post):

My four-year-old daughter Morgan suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes frequent and dangerous seizures. We’ve tried everything to help her. She’s taken more than 10 different anti-epilepsy medications but at best, she’s gone only four weeks without a seizure. Based on our own research, advice from our doctors, and what we’ve heard from families living in other states, we would like Morgan to try cannabidiol oil — a form of medical marijuana.

For children with similar illnesses in other parts of the country, the results using medical marijuana have been life changing.

Medical marijuana comes in many different preparations, and is prescribed accordingly to treat specific conditions. The treatment Morgan needs would not make her “high”, and she wouldn’t smoke it. It would come in a bottle just like her other medications, but with fewer side effects. The medications that Morgan has tried have devastating side effects. They gave her kidney stones, ulcerative colitis, and compromise her respiratory system. She should be able to try this much safer option.

But medical marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. It’s currently a Schedule 1 drug, which means the federal government considers it just as dangerous as heroin and says there is no medicinal value. This means our family would have to move to a different state to get it, or obtain it illegally and risk arrest. I have decided that neither of those choices are good enough for my family.

That’s why I’m supporting the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act — a bipartisan bill that will let states legalize medical marijuana without federal interference. It will also expand research into the health benefits of marijuana and allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend marijuana to ailing veterans. It will completely legalize high CBD strains of marijuana for medical treatment nationwide.

The CARERS Act would also reclassify marijuana as schedule 2, affirming to the world that marijuana does have medical benefits. This bill will change the lives of so many sick and suffering people, like my daughter, around the country.

Please sign my petition asking Congress to pass the CARERS Act.

Click here to sign the petition.

  • Whyiowa4medical

    I am 100% behind this family, but in Iowa’s rush to CBD oils there has only been a 50 to 75% improvement rate. All people are individuals and some require some THC to reach true effectiveness. I do not think we should have 2 to 5 year olds smoking joints, but a 3 to 5% THC/CBD extract will do them no harm!!! We are so quick to say cannabis has never caused a single death, but we seem to fear giving children real help for their situation. Cannabis (unless the oils are injected, a very stupid thing to do) has never killed any man, woman, child, or animal; in fact, we gave rats the equivalent of three ounces per day per their body weight and size and had three generations of the university’s healthiest rats.

  • Nathaniel

    Signed, sealed, delivered.

  • concerned

    is schedule two really the way to go? could that backfire on patients who grow their own somehow?

    • Bill

      I hope not because I cannot afford to go out and buy it I am disabled and so is my wife it’s hard enough on us just to buy groceries sometimes and pay the bills on time so growing it is my only option unfortunately I cannot afford to grow indoorplants so I have to grow outdoors and last year I got ripped off for 7 plants luckily I had 4 left they didn’t get and by the time they matured I ended up getting 3 pounds of medical marijuana it sure helps and I try to help people that are in the same boat as us so I do give a lot away 2 people I know are really sick

    • Falcon89

      The CARERS act EXEMPTS state legal patients from the CSA entirely. It ALSo reschedules it to C2 for research and (eventually) an FDA approved substance (which could include things like Sativex or a more RSO-like “drug”)

  • Patricia Silverman

    it is a herb and needs to be completely out of the schedules

  • Johnny oneye

    2016 full legalization?
    Need to read more about this bill
    some bills are being pushed by people who are panicked
    The tidal wave of legalization is coming to your state
    “by the bible or the bullet
    by the ballot or the gun
    a revolution must come” Muta Baruka
    Tidal waves of information are available
    apoptosis
    #cb1 #Cb2receptors
    Cannabinoid receptors
    Cannabinoid deficiency
    #prohibition sucks