cannabis prohibition

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Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to California State Senate, California State House, California Governor

Let Brooke and Kids Like Her Attend Public School

Five-year-old Brooke Adams from Santa Rosa was born with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy that causes severe seizures and developmental delays. For Brooke, a few drops of cannabis-derived THC oil help halt ongoing seizures (that can often last longer than an hour) in just three minutes. This means less suffering, fewer prescription drugs, and no more frequent ambulance trips to the ER for Brooke and her family. Unfortunately, federal cannabis prohibition prevents Brooke from attending public school in California with her vial containing a dose of her cannabis-based medication. Please sign this petition so Brooke and other kids like Brooke can one day attend public school with their effective and potentially lifesaving cannabis-based medication.  #BrookesLaw ________ By the time she turned one, Brooke was already taking an assortment of prescription drugs meant to prevent her debilitating seizures. Stopping the seizures once they started required a different drug, known as a “rescue” medication. Unfortunately, the medications didn't work for Brooke. The rescue drug would slow down her breathing so drastically that she had to be intubated every time she had a seizure. After numerous ambulance trips to the ER, Jana - Brooke's mom - tried cannabis-based medications that actually worked for Brooke. Now, after a doctor's recommendation, Jana gives Brooke a few drops of cannabis-based CBD tincture every day to prevent seizures. This tincture has reduced the number of seizures and Brooke now needs fewer prescription medications.  In case of a seizure, a few drops of cannabis-derived THC oil applied between Brooke’s gums and teeth tend to stop her seizures within three minutes. Since a seizure can occur without much warning, Brooke always carries potentially life-saving doses of her rescue medication in little vials with her wherever she goes. Please sign this petition asking the California State Legislature to pass an amendment to impending legislation that will allow children like Brooke to take their prescribed cannabis-derived medications to school.   SB-1127 - a bill introduced by Senator Hill - has already passed the Senate and Assembly (July 3). This bill would make it legal for only parents or legal guardians to come to school with the medicine, and remove it immediately after they dose the child. Unfortunately, this bill doesn’t give Brooke the ability to access her medicine at school or for a designated school personnel to administer it in her parent's absence.  Colorado, New Jersey, Maine, Washington, and Pennsylvania already have legislation like SB-1127 allowing parents to administer necessary cannabis-based medications to their children in school.  Colorado also recently passed an amendment to their bill (Quintin’s Amendment) allows the designated school personnel to administer a non-smokeable medical cannabis to students. Brooke's family and other families like hers need a similar amendment to SB-1127 in California.  Please sign this petition to California's legislators demanding legislation that can make a world of difference for Brooke and thousands of other kids like her. #BrookesLaw Image Credit: Lee Romney / KQED

Rogoway Law Group
8,082 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to New York State Senate, New York State House, New York Governor

Legalize Cannabis in New York: Enact the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

Dear Members of the New York State House, Senators, and Mr. Governor Cuomo, I'm writing this petition in the hopes that the legislature of this great state is prepared to represent the majority of the voters of this state when it comes to ending the prohibition of the cannabis flower. Over 57% of those polled support the legalization of the cannabis plant, and there is a bill in comitee "The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act",  which is being introduced in the legislative session in the hopes that our state government is prepared to end a law for which the time certainly has come, and enact new legislation which could save many lives from diseases like disorders which cause childhood seizures, protect the lives of others, and more than this – represent the people of this state accurately. But let the facts speak for themselves. I URGE you to read the following, if only for the sake of your own education about the cannabis plant, and marijuana prohibition and use on the whole. In New York state, the prohibition on the cannabis flower has been enforced unfairly on minorities whose communities continue to flourish and support our overall culture as a state, and as a people as one nation. Black communities are subject to the enforcement of the prohibition on cannabis flower at a rate 7 (seven) times more than that of white men and women, and Latino communities at a rate 4 (four) times more likely DESPITE young white men and women being more likely to both use and be in possession of cannabis at any given time. This results in permanent blemishes on the records of people whom without this rude introduction into the American justice system, which is now largely privatized, perhaps could have reached higher in life instead of living their lives in prison, in jail, or paying fines for a medicinal herb. Next, lets discuss the harmful effects of marijuana. Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody (none) dies from marijuana use. People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are 8 (eight) times greater than those for marijuana consumers, according to an assessment recently published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the annual cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana. This should not come as a surprise given the vast amount of research that shows alcohol poses far more – and more significant – health problems than marijuana. Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. Despite the myths we've heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. For example, one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Of course, what is beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells. Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that marijuana use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that marijuana use actually REDUCED the likelihood of head and neck cancers. If you are concerned about marijuana being associated with lung cancer, you may be interested in the results of the largest case-controlled study ever conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of marijuana smoking and cigarette smoking. Released in 2006, the study, conducted by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, found that marijuana smoking was NOT ASSOCIATED with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Surprisingly, the researchers found that people who smoked marijuana actually had LOWER incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug. Finally, lets discuss the people for whom you serve in the legislature and your offices to represent. According to recent polls, (February 2014), over 89% of those polled were in favor of medical marijuana, and 57% of those polled were in favor of ending the prohibition on marijuana. 57% is the majority opinion, the majority you have been elected to serve and adequately represent. It is my sincere hope that you support Sen. Krueger’s legislation, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) when it is introduced into the legislative session and push it through its stagnant state in comittee. It is time to end the prohibition of this medicinal flower, end the unfair enforcement of its prohibition, and get back to enacting laws that represent the will of the majority of the people of this state. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, Michael Manning – Buffalo, NY.

Michael Manning
249 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Gene Chandler

Replace Rep. Patrick Abrami as Chair of N.H. Marijuana Study Commission

The chairman of a study commission is generally expected to demonstrate objectivity in two key ways: (1) he must elicit relevant testimony from a range of different sources and perspectives, and (2) he must, when talking to policymakers and the public, be careful to describe the commission’s findings accurately and without bias. As chairman of New Hampshire’s marijuana legalization study commission, Rep. Patrick Abrami has met the first expectation, but he has failed egregiously in meeting the second. On January 8, at a regular meeting of the study commission, Rep. Abrami requested authorization from the commission to speak on the commission’s behalf in opposition to HB 656, a bill that would eliminate penalties for adults’ possession of small amounts of marijuana and a small number of plants. The commission did not approve this, so Rep. Abrami agreed to make it clear that he would oppose the bill only in his personal capacity as a legislator rather than on behalf of the commission. Rep. Abrami blurred this line considerably when he went to the podium on January 9 to speak against HB 656, but he did at least indicate that the commission had not taken a position on the bill.  On March 12, when the House Ways and Means Committee held a work session followed by an executive session on HB 656, Rep. Abrami proceeded much more boldly, spreading misinformation about the bill and misrepresenting testimony that had been presented to the study commission in his effort to persuade his colleagues to defeat the measure. A transcript of relevant remarks from that session, along with responses that explain why they are misleading, is available here.  Rep. Abrami’s failure to remain objective on this issue is no surprise to anybody who is familiar with his voting record. Rep. Abrami has, more often than not, voted against medical cannabis bills and decriminalization bills that have passed the House in the past — in fact, he was one of only 64 representatives who voted against the limited medical cannabis bill that passed the House with 286 votes and became law in 2013. Polls conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center have found 68% support for marijuana legalization (May 2017) and 56% support for HB 656, with only 25% opposed (February 2018).  In light of this strong public support for reforming our state’s antiquated cannabis laws, the people of New Hampshire deserve a study commission chairman who is fair and unbiased, if not outright supportive of reform. As residents of the “Live Free or Die” state, we respectfully request that you relieve Rep. Abrami from his duties on the commission and appoint a more fair-minded representative to serve in his place.

Matt Simon
808 supporters