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 NAACP, Vivian Figures, DeMarcus Cousins, Frederick D. Richardson, meek mill, Kay Ivey
Grant clemency for Ezlinglm E. non violent sentenced to life on marijuana charges
What’s right is right...The laws are changing everyday but only for some of us. I just want the world to know that good people are not perfect they do sometimes fall short but it does not make them bad. There are so many unjust cases that have been closed without a second thought and it saddens me. When sentencing, the person should be examined and not just considering what’s on documentation, because it is not necessarily who they are. How could someone paint a picture without ever seeing the image? Ezlinglm Demetrius Earl 30 years of age; a son, brother, loving father, family man and a well appreciated veteran was sentenced to life in an Alabama state prison on marijuana charges. As, we all know marijuana is now a growing business, that is now legal in numerous of states. It is a growing pain to know that there are people given this unruly sentencing all because of their location. It is almost unbelievable but it is true, this is going on now this sentence was given late 2018. The justice system was supposedly built on fairness but honestly that’s something I can’t agree to because I haven’t seen much of that...there are murderers, rapists and maybe even terrorists that are given lesser sentences. My hopes are to justify the unjust, speak for those that are unable, reveal true images of those wrongfully painted, and my ultimate goal is to help place loved ones back with their families. Instead of in prisons like animals for semi-legal crimes. Clemency is clearly needed here. Please look into this case to release Ezlinglm D. Earl.
Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website
My son, Ross Ulbricht, is a first-time offender serving a double life sentence without parole, plus 40 years, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges at trial. He was never prosecuted for causing harm or bodily injury and no victim was named at trial. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. There is a growing consensus that Ross’s case is a miscarriage of justice and close to 100 eminent organizations and individuals have voiced their support. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where consenting users chose what to buy and sell as long as no third party was harmed (some listings were prohibited). Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for selling drugs himself but for creating a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. All the other defendants related to the case―including the actual drug sellers and the creator of Silk Road 2―received sentences ranging from 17 months to 10 years. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse. This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on uncharged, false allegations at sentencing. Ross was smeared in the media through false and inaccurate reporting. Ross was not treated fairly and his sentence is draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that starting Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross is not a danger to anyone. If released tomorrow, he would never come near breaking the law again. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man who is very much loved and has much to give. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has demonstrated exemplary behavior and tutored, led classes, and helped fellow inmates. Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to contribute to society. Please sign this petition and help bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross's case at FreeRoss.org.
Petition to Governor Tony Evers
Fully Legalize Cannabis in Wisconsin
The Problem:Over 1 million Wisconsin voters said “yes” to the legalization of cannabis during last fall’s election. Yet cannabis remains illegal with the impact of marijuana stops, arrests and prosecutions falling disproportionately on people of color. It is critical that Governor Tony Evers supports criminal justice reform and FULLY legalize cannabis and include FULL legalization in his 2019-21 budget proposal. There are many reasons to support the FULL cannabis legalization including its medical value as an alternative to opiods; its economic potential for Wisconsin farmers and business; and the fact that Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Canada already have, or will be soon, fully legalizing cannabis. But the most crucial aspect of FULL legalization is that it ends unjust police stops, arrests and prosecutions for cannabis. Regulated cannabis would put an end to life-altering interactions with the criminal justice system that harm people’s lives, while wasting taxpayer dollars in the process. Why We Need Your Help:The historic opportunity to FULLY legalize cannabis is now on the horizon in Wisconsin. After voters turned out in record numbers across the state to vote in support of cannabis, Governor Tony Evers declared his support for FULL legalization. He said he will include some form of legalization in his budget proposal. The Ask...Let's let Governor Evers know that we support FULL legalization by signing this petition. While Governor Evers alone cannot legalize cannabis alone, inclusion of the policy in his 2019-21 budget proposal will carry great weight. Please sign this petition and let's send a message urging him to lead Wisconsin forward on this important issue!
Petition to Florida Governor
Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Florida.
As 2019 is just getting started and the 2010s are coming to a close we've seen tremendous strides in the fight for marijuana legalization. In 1973 Oregon made a huge leap forward by decriminalizing the plant, It wouldn't be until 2012 where Colorado and Washington pushed it even further by legalizing it for recreational use. Many states followed suit thereafter and are continuing to push us closer to nation-wide and federal legalization. Florida itself has followed these states in the legalization of the plant and the strive forward is coming faster than we could have hoped for. The goal of this petition is to show Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration what the people of Florida think about recreational marijuana. To push implementation of the proper laws, and to do the inevitable. I propose we put this to a vote to guarantee and hear out the will of the people of Florida. The way to Federal Legalization is through the states and people fighting for what they believe in. As one body of people, as citizens, and as grown adults.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump
Please grant Clemency to my father Antonio Bascaro
My father, Antonio Bascaró has been in prison for over 36 years with no prior criminal record for a non-violent, first-time marijuana-only offense all for helping supply a product that’s legal in a growing number of states. He is the longest serving marijuana prisoner in the history of the United States. Today he is 81 years old. I lost him to the legal system when I was 12 years old. I hardly remember him outside of that environment. My children barely know him. This gentle grandfather of 8 spends his days in a wheelchair, mostly by himself, reading newspapers and listening to the news in his cell at a federal prison south of Miami. He calls me two to three times a week to see how I am doing and staying in touch. I check on his health and we talk about plans for when he gets out hoping that on the next Christmas, birthday or summer we can be together. My father has paid with his life (and ours) for that one marijuana offense. I think that the time he has served is more than enough punishment. He is not a threat to society and he has a large family waiting for him and ready to help him re-enter it. That’s why I’m asking President Trump to please grant him clemency. Please sign my petition asking President Trump to grant my father Antonio Bascaro clemency.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, Raúl M. Grijalva, Beto O'Rourke, Mike Coffman, Earl Blumenauer, Walter B. Jones, Lindsey Graham, Dave Joyce, Carlos Curbelo, Ryan Costello, John H. Rutherford, Ruben Gallego, Tom O'Halleran, Kyrsten Sinema, Andy Biggs, Paul A. Gosar
Fight For Those Who Fought For You
A Call to Reason As Veterans of the United States Armed Forces we call on the Veterans Health Administration (V.H.A.) to fully recognize cannabis as a viable treatment option, which is a far less toxic alternative to commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. Leaders are increasingly aware of the devastation to former military members (and their families) caused by inappropriate prescription of opiates, SSRIs, Benzodiazepines, and other pharmaceuticals. In 2011 the V.H.A. established internal policy officially outlining their position on cannabis, allowing physicians in “legal” states to discuss its use with their patients, at their own discretion. Multiple attempts have been made to resolve the inability of veterans to incorporate cannabis into their official treatment plans. Each and every one of these attempts have been sabotaged. The V.H.A. needs to take action on this issue. Federal leadership in the Executive and Legislative branches of our government need to understand the enormity of this pharmaceutical impact and available remedy. The fact is, veterans are self-medicating with cannabis. Most turn to cannabis after pharmaceutical options, some of which include warnings of suicidal ideation, fail. This situation is untenable. Because the V.H.A. is a federal program, operating in all fifty states, veterans are federal patients and require equal medical treatment/access to cannabis, regardless of state laws. Accordingly, an expansion of existing V.H.A. policy which would meet our needs is in order. The status quo is medically unethical. We request and require: Unobstructed ability to engage in open and honest dialogue with our V.H.A. Primary Care Teams about our use of cannabis, where we can then develop proper treatment plans, documenting our experiences. The ability to participate in research programs conducted by V.H.A., which would further assist us in our understanding of medical cannabis, and how to best introduce it into our treatment regimen. The ability to receive recommendations for cannabis from our V.H.A. Doctors, should that be the agreed upon treatment plan. Prescriptions from the V.H.A. filled at local dispensaries, or where dispensaries are not located/permitted, getting those scripts filled at the V.H.A. Pharmacy. A cannabis farm at every major V.H.A. healthcare facility designed to teach veterans about their medication, how to grow it, and to supply the hospital Pharmacy. This discussion, this reform, is long overdue. Join us.