Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Chuck Grassley
Pass the CARERS Act and protect medical marijuana patients
My six-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. The CARERS Act would remove also CBD from scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act, 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.
Petition to Attorney General Jefferson Sessions
Jawara McIntosh, Son of Peter Tosh, Beaten to A Coma During 6 Month Cannabis Sentence
USDOJ: Investigate the Brutal Beating of Jawara McIntosh, Son of Peter Tosh On February 21, 2017, Jawara McIntosh, son of legendary reggae artist Peter Tosh, was beaten into a coma, sustaining severe traumatic brain injuries while in the custody of Bergen County Jail in New Jersey while serving a six-month sentence for cannabis-related charges. Peter Tosh was a human rights activist and was an original founding member of The Wailers, alongside Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Tosh wrote and performed the iconic song, “Legalize It;” which became the soundtrack of the movement toward legalization. Furthermore, Tosh and Bob Marley co-authored the world-renowned freedom fighters anthem, “Get Up, Stand Up.” Prior to this incident Jawara was heavily inspired by his father's legacy. Jawara is a practicing Rastafarian and advocate for the legalization of marijuana. Within the Rastafari faith cannabis is a sacred herb, and across the globe it is known for its medicinal properties and values. Sadly, now at age 37, as a father of four, a musician, a Rastafarian, and the youngest son of Peter Tosh, he is presently unable to speak or use any form of communication; nor is he able to move with intent. On February 21st, Jawara’s mother received a call from Hackensack Medical Center (NJ) informing her that Jawara needed a life saving surgical procedure after being savagely attacked while in the care of Bergen County Jail. Jawara’s mother, Melody Cunningham, and family, including his nine siblings are calling for the United States’ Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the brutal beating that left him in a coma. The family is asking you to get up and stand up for Jawara’s rights by signing this petition. Niambe McIntosh, Jawara's sister and the administrator of the Estate of Peter Tosh, calls you to action: “These establishments must be held accountable! To allow this to happen to any human being is criminal. This is the first step of a movement to bring Justice for Jawara. Our family is counting on you to stand up and sign this petition." Family attorney Jasmine Rand states: “Some states have begun legalizing cannabis; but far too many people continue to be stripped of their freedom for cannabis related charges resulting in mass incarceration, brutality, and murder, depriving individuals of their constitutional rights.” Please sign this petition and ask the United States Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation into the deprivation of Jawara’s constitutional rights.
Petition to Missouri Governor Eric Greitens
A Pardon for David and Natalie DePriest (Sentenced to 22 years & 15 years for Marijuana!)
On August 25, 2011, my brother David DePriest and myself were arrested after a warrantless search and seizure of the townhouse that we leased (Later, the judge ruled the search to be acceptable due to a possible "imminent threat"). A maintenance man had entered the property without notice to change a fire extinguisher, and discovered 12 marijuana plants and about a pound of marijuana in a bedroom closet. He called the police and allowed them into the property. We were not home. My brother and I are both college educated and hard working people. Neither of us had ever been in trouble in our lives. We had never harmed anyone or sold marijuana to anyone. However, because of the amount of marijuana found, we were charged with 2 class B felonies of Possession with Intent to Distribute & Manufacturing a Controlled Substance. There was also a third charge of Possession of an Illegal Weapon. (My brother is former military, and a Licensed/Certified Gunsmith). They claimed he had a rifle with a barrel that was 1/4" too short. I have never touched a gun in my life. After fighting the charges for two years, we made the terrible decision of pleading guilty. It's hard to describe what you go through in a situation like this. But, the state has a lot of power and you feel backed into a corner. We decided to plead guilty and request probation, since we were first time non-violent offenders. That is not what happened. My brother received a sentence of 22 years. I received a sentence of 15 years. After 4 years in prison, I was released on parole on Friday, May 19, 2017. My brother is still behind bars. He is scheduled for release in fall of 2018. All of this for a plant. Since pleading guilty and being incarcerated, both of us filed a Form 40 appeal for post-conviction relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel. In 2015, the Eastern District Court of Appeals unanimously vacated our guilty pleas and sentences, and ordered the St. Francois County court to either re-negotiate a plea deal or allow us to take our cases to trial. The prosecution appealed that decision to the Missouri Supreme Court. In 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court sent our cases back to St. Francois County for an evidentiary hearing in the case. In other words, we are looking at years and years of more court appearances. At any time, the prosecutor could avoid this court battle and re-negotiate a plea deal with lower sentences. At this time, he refuses to do so . Therefore, my brother remains in a Missouri Prison and I remain on parole. We are asking that Governor Eric Greitens grant us each a pardon, so my brother can be released from prison and we can both go back to our lives and return to being productive members of society. Missouri has an extremely high prison population. The majority are non-violent drug offenders. We believe no one should be in prison for a plant. It is time to end prohibition. It is important to note, that over half of the states have legalized medical marijuana, and 8 states have legalized recreational marijuana. We believe the sentences we received were too harsh. Please sign this petition, so we can ask Governor Greitens for a pardon, and my brother can come home.
Petition to Mayor Steve Sexton
Burlington City Council and Mayor: Say No to Marijuana Retail Store in Burlington, WA
Concerned Burlington Parents are against the LOCATION of the proposed Marijuana Retail Store "HYPEHERBALLY" in Burlington, WA. RUIZ & ASSOCIATES INC, has filed an application for a Retailer/Medical marijuana license. Location: 989 S Burlington, WA 98233 In front of Fred Meyer and next to Martha's Bridal and only 194 feet from Grafton Park . License No. 42232. The location for this proposed marijuana store is poorly conceived and ill advised given the large number of vulnerable and impressionable children and young people who visit many of the businesses and public entities in the area. Here are some of the places that our kids frequent on a daily basis: - Fred Meyer- Martha's Bridal and Formal Wear- Sinzero photo and Video- Dollar Tree Store- Target- Grafton Park- Cascade Mall- Iglesia Apostolica de La fe en Cristo Jesus, etc. Given the significant number of both private and public venues located in the immediate proximity of the proposed site that are visited regularly by our children and young people, it is a matter of common sense and civic decency to vigorously oppose the opening of a marijuana retail shop at this location. The City of Burlington needs to hear your voices! Please sign our petition and say NO to our city planner, council and Mayor, keep our children safe and drug free now and in the future! We also encourage you to send your concerns to the Mayor, City Council members and the WA Licensing and Regulation Division board Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton, Burlington. (360) 755.0531 email@example.com Burlington City Council 833 S. Spruce St.Burlington, WA 98233Phone:360-755-0531Fax:360-755-9565 Aslett, Bill, Councilman 360-755-0531Bieche, Tonya, Councilwoman 360-755-0531DeGloria, Joe, Councilman 360-755-0531DeGloria, Rick, Councilman 360-755-0531Edmundson, Edie, Councilwoman 360-755-0531Loving, Chris, Councilman 360-755-0531Montgomery, Ted, Councilman 360-755-0531 WSLCB LICENSING AND REGULATION DIVISION3000 PACIFIC AVE SE.P.O. BOX 43075OLYMPIA, WA, 98504-3075 Thank you for your support!
Petition to Spencer J. Cox
Utah Patients Coalition - Require Disclosure of Dark Money Donors
Demand the Utah Lieutenant Governor's office to make full disclosure for non-profit groups affiliated with the Utah Patients Coalition. Before the language of any ballot initiative is approved, they should enforce transparency laws designed to safeguard the public from millions of dollars from large national groups that support changing the law. This is important to have before Utah voters are allowed to begin to sign to have their ballot initiative included in 2018. Incomplete disclosure masks their true intentions, and undermines the will of the people of our great state.
Petition to Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump
Fight For Those Who Fought For You
As federal patients, Veterans are being prescribed extremely addictive pharmaceuticals linked to widespread death across the country. Despite this fact, these pills remain at a lower classification within the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) than cannabis. Cannabis has helped many people suffering from debilitating conditions such as PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, addiction withdrawal and has statistically lowered the suicide rate in states where it is “legal.” Veterans Health Administration (VA) primary care teams should be educated on how to best implement cannabis into a veterans treatment plan. When a patient is a legal medical cannabis card holder as well as a veteran, they should be afforded the freedom to use cannabis within the VA system as a recognized medical alternative to psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against them. Do you agree: Should veterans be able to treat themselves with medical marijuana? If you do, please join us in the fight to provide veterans safe access and compassionate care within the Veterans Health Administration.
Petition to Jeff Sessions
Don't escalate the failed war on drugs.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to seek the harshest punishments possible, including mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. In 2004, I was given a 55-year mandatory minimum sentence as a first-time marijuana offender — virtually a sentence to die in prison. I had sold marijuana three times to an informant who stated that I had a firearm in my possession. I never used or even showed the firearm, but this allowed prosecutors to charge me with three counts of using a firearm in the course of a drug trafficking offense, that carried a mandatory minimum of five years for the first offense and 25 years for each of the other two offenses. At my sentencing, even the judge disagreed with the sentence. He called it “unjust, cruel, and even irrational,” and pointed out that shorter federal sentences have been given to violent criminals such as murderers, child rapists, and even terrorists. I was only 24 years old when I was sentenced. While imprisoned for 13 years, I missed my children growing up and the fruits of a promising music career. Yet, no problem was solved. This waste of human life must end. I’m only free because bipartisan lawmakers and advocates, and even the man who prosecuted me, came together to say that my sentence was wrong. My release was part of a changing attitude toward nonviolent drug offenders, with both Republicans and Democrats working together to make sentences fairer. But now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is working to undo this progress. Sessions decision to order prosecutors to seek the longest sentences possible reverses a directive from former Attorney General Eric Holder that instructed prosecutors to use their discretion and avoid long sentences for low-level drug offenders. Please sign my petition asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reconsider his push for mandatory minimum sentences.
Petition to Food and Drug Administration
The FDA must stop classifying healthy Cannabidiol as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance.
Many sick people, especially children, need non-psychoactive Cannabidiol. Even though Cannabidiol is legal in all 50 States, Medical Doctors will not prescribe it for their patients because CBD is wrongly classified as a illegal Schedule 1 Controlled Substance by the FDA.