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 March 21, 2016

congress marijuana sanjay gupta weedWhat: Press Conference

Who: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton – District of Columbia

Congressman Earl Blumenauer – Oregon

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher – California

Steph Sherer – Americans for Safe Access, District of Columbia

Rabbi Khan – Takoma Wellness Center, District of Columbia

Kate Hintz – Parent Advocate, New York

Christine Stenquist – Patient Advocate, Utah

Fernando Cordero – Epilepsy Foundation, Virginia

Jeanne Sauro – Patient Advocate, Massachusetts

Patrick Seifert – Veteran Advocate, Washington

When: Tuesday, March 22 11:30 am

Where: United States Capitol Grounds Demonstration Area 10 (Click here for map)

Why: Tuesday, hundreds of patients, advocates, and other stakeholders will be meeting with members of Congress in support of the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S.683 and H.R.1583). With Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT) becoming co-sponsors of the bill last week, momentum for support has increased. Currently 40 states have medical marijuana programs, and the conflict between state and federal laws has reached a tipping point. Legislators, patients, advocates, and other stakeholders will give the press added insight into the current state of medical marijuana laws in this country and the effects of passing the CARERS Act would have on these groups. The lobby day is the culminating event of the 4th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference: A Conference on Harmonization of Global Cannabis Policy and Action being held March 18-22nd at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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Source: With over 100,000 active members in all 50 states, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. ASA works to overcome political and legal barriers by creating policies that improve access to medical cannabis for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, grassroots actions, advocacy and services for patients and caregivers.

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  • shane

    Will this press conference be televised?

  • Closet Warrior

    Johnny, you need to go back to math class bro, only 23 states currently have medical marijuana programs. Sadly, I wish you were right.

    • WEED WILL BE LEGAL

      He’s actually correct cbd only states included is 40 states

      • Closet Warrior

        Restrictive cbd only isn’t a medical marijuana program it’s a cbd program that prolonggs suffering to the patients because they don’t get the full entourage effect, so no, he is wrong.

        • Lawrence Goodwin

          Johnny Green is the man! He does a tremendous public service every day by taking time to compile information on The Weed Blog for us. Here it appears he simply re-posted a press release from Americans for Safe Access, which provided that 40-state number. I do concur with you, Closet Warrior—except to add that, any day, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (even without legalizing raw flowers to smoke) is expected to officially make it 24 states with comprehensive medical programs (if that’s defined as legal cannabis production, distribution, sales and consumption).

          It bums me out so much to see how CBD-only laws are dividing large parts of the cannabis community. Federal and state politicians in a free society have NO right to dictate what compounds in cannabis plants, or parts thereof, are “legal.” They never did. Yet, year after agonizing year, the old adage is literally proven true: Divided, we are conquered. My heart goes out to the kids suffering from those horrific seizures, and to the mothers and fathers rising in their defense to very aggressively lobby state lawmakers for access to CBD (aka cannabidiol). Still, all people are created equal in the United States. Not one person in this country suffering from medical problems should’ve EVER been denied access to medical cannabis. The war on “marihuana” has been an unconstitutional fraud from Day 1.

          • Closet Warrior

            I agree, Johnny’s ste is killer. It’s more information oriented rather than here say and a place to push pipes and swag. However, as educated reformers, it’s our duty to get our facts correct as not to misinform the undereducated to further perpetuate fact into an urban legend. Just think , if someone read the inaccuracie, small as it may be , last month they thought 23 and this month 40 and pretty soon knowing human nature(sloth), some haggered soldier fighting in the trenches for us pro humanity folks give up the fight cus they think we finally did it then bam, another dead soldier! Not trying to sound condescendingy or too philosophical but stupidity rules and some people believe anything they read whether internet, commercials and book alike- most of America is caught in the headlights and don’t know which way to turn. Sorry, didn’t mean to write you a novel Lawrence just saw you were passionate enough to defend this blog and and respond in kind to my comment so you’re good people in my book! Stay Green and pass on the TRUTH TO THE YOUTH