Monday, November 11, 2019

Fight to end restrictions on veterans’ access to medical marijuana

Will you tell your member of Congress to cosponsor my legislation to allow veterans access to medical marijuana?
NORML
November 11, 2019
Barbara Lee is a member of Congress representing California's 13th District.

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As a supporter of NORML, I know that you're aware of the damage that unjust marijuana prohibition continues to inflict across the country, especially on communities of color. What you may not know, is that one group that prohibition falls hard upon is our nation's veterans.

Polling from the American Legion shows that nearly 1 in 4 veterans consume marijuana to alleviate symptoms of a medical or physical condition. Yet, even in the majority of states where medical cannabis is legal, VA physicians are prohibited by federal law from filling out a state-legal medical marijuana recommendation form.

As a member of Congress, I'm working to change that.

My bipartisan bill, the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act (HR1151), would end the current medical prohibition on VA doctors. Specifically, this bill would also create a federal safe harbor protection for veterans and their doctors in using or recommending medical marijuana where it is legal in that State or Indian Tribe. Similar language to protect VA doctors had been previously considered and approved in both chambers of Congress, but shamefully it was stripped out of the final package.

This year, we can and must succeed in passing this essential legislation and protecting the rights of veterans to access medical treatment and serving those who served us.

Will you send a message to your Member of Congress and tell them to join us as a cosponsor of HR 1151

Research published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found a 75% reduction in Clinician-Administered Post-traumatic Scale scores following cannabis therapy. It is my determination that this legislation will allow those veterans who can benefit from the medicinal use of cannabis to have a safe and regulated way to access their treatment.

Prohibiting VA doctors from recommending cannabis to qualifying patients, while continuing to rely on pharmaceuticals drugs like opioids as a treatment, is both a dangerous and illogical policy. We know medical marijuana can be an effective and safe treatment for veterans and it is time to stop making them seek private, out-of-network physicians to access it.

I sponsored the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act because I know it will create an immediate positive impact on the lives of our veterans. Once enacted, veterans will be able to access medical marijuana treatment without the added challenge of accessing a private, non-VA physician.

Together, we can gather enough support to pass this legislation, but it will only happen if enough Americans stand up and demand it. Please tell your member of Congress to support the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act.

Thank you,
Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee
Member of Congress
California's 13 District


 
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

NORML News of the Week 11/7/2019

THE TOP NEWS IN MARIJUANA LAW REFORM - Volume 22, Issue 45
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Volume 22   •   Issue 45   •   November 07, 2019
Marijuana Poll

Poll: Most Americans Support Ending Federal Cannabis Criminalization

Sixty-two percent of respondents endorsed legalization and 69 percent said that they supported allowing the substance to be sold at state-licensed retail stores.

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CBD Regulation

Survey: Majority of Americans Falsely Presume the FDA Regulates CBD Products

Seventy-five percent of respondents presume that commercially available CBD products are FDA regulated. In fact, the FDA does not currently provide any regulatory oversight specific to the production or sale of commercially available CBD-infused products.

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Marijuana or Cannabis

Study: Terminology Doesn't Influence Public's Perception of Marijuana

Investigators reported: "We find no support for the notion that changing the name of the drug from 'marijuana' to 'cannabis' affects public opinion on the drug or the policies governing it."

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Marijuana and Chronic Pain

Study: Pain Patients Report Significant Health Improvements Following Enactment of Medical Cannabis Access Laws

Individuals who report having pain that limits their daily activity see large health improvements following medical marijuana legalization.

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Marijuana Use

Study: Endometriosis Patients Report Subjective Benefits from Marijuana

Both marijuana and CBD are reported as moderately or very effective for pelvic pain by the majority of women who have tried them, with marijuana reported as more effective than CBD.

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Kansas: Legislative Committee Makes Medical Marijuana Recommendations

Members of a special legislative committee are supporting recommendations to provide limited medical cannabis access to qualifying patients.

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Pennsylvania: Supreme Court to Decide on Whether Patients Can Use Medical Marijuana While on Probation

"The Supreme Court's action ... was the right thing to do. ... We look forward to explaining to the court why policies like [this] one ... are illegal and must be struck down."

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Marijuana and Parkinson's Disease

Review: Cannabis Compounds Show Promise in Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Plant-derived cannabinoids, including CBD, possess a potential multi-targeted treatment strategy for patients with Parkinson's disease and dyskinesia.

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