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Nancy Pelosi Releases Statement About Federal Raids In California

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california medical marijuanaPelosi Statement on Recent Federal Government Actions Threatening Safe Access to Medicinal Marijuana

San Francisco — Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to recent federal government actions threatening safe access to medicinal marijuana for those who are seriously ill or enduring difficult and painful therapies:

“Access to medicinal marijuana for individuals who are ill or enduring difficult and painful therapies is both a medical and a states’ rights issue. Sixteen states, including our home state of California, and the District of Columbia have adopted medicinal marijuana laws — most by a vote of the people.

“I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California, and undermine a policy that has been in place under which the federal government did not pursue individuals whose actions complied with state laws providing for medicinal marijuana.

“Proven medicinal uses of marijuana include improving the quality of life for patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and other severe medical conditions.

“I am pleased to join organizations that support legal access to medicinal marijuana, including the American Nurses Association, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, and the AIDS Action Council.

“Medicinal marijuana alleviates some of the most debilitating symptoms of AIDS, including pain, wasting, and nausea. The opportunity to ease the suffering of people who are seriously ill or enduring difficult and painful therapies is an opportunity we must not ignore.

“For these reasons, I have long supported efforts in Congress to advocate federal policies that recognize the scientific evidence and clinical research demonstrating the medical benefits of medicinal marijuana, that respects the wishes of the states in providing relief to ill individuals, and that prevents the federal government from acting to harm the safe access of medicinal marijuana provided under state law. I will continue to strongly support those efforts.”

Source: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

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  1. Nate Lightning on

    Loving this high profile public support, keep up the great coverage Johnny and Ninja!

  2. anytime a major leader back marijuana in any degree I have to believe it helps the cause. check out my blog at veganicvision.com where I discuss this as well as mostly WA state cannabis politics. Another main specialty of my blog is sustainability and vegan growing methods. Hope to see you there.TWB is really great and I enjoy reading it.

  3. Sincere or not, it has already been said by every one of us before. We all know the truth. Although, legal proceedings are rarely where the truth is ever found. Let’s just say the truth is never found in a court room.

  4. Pandering? what? quick, name 5 other senators or governors who publicly support medical marijuana. theres uhhh… rand paul and ron paul and ….. barney frank who is retiring.

    Pelosi is a Leader of the Democratic party. I know mr boner (fmr leader of republican party) and eric cantor hate medical marijuana.

    but i am concerned about pelosi. the last thing a politician does in office is support medical marijuana before they leave. for ex; Arnold Swarzenegger, barney frank.

    if nancy isnt pandering, she must talk to the president about this and have him reschedule marijuana to schedule 3 so it can be researched and prescribed.

  5. I dont care what anyone does or thinks anymore, Ive heard this crap for 40+ years. Im tired of waiting. I smoke, have for 30 years will continue to do so and live my life as I enjoy it until I die. dont bother any one, dont like the way things are but dont see any hope. I guess i’ll be a criminal forever then. But then who cares anyway?

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