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marijuana

245 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Joseph R. Biden

22 Years are Far TOO LONG for Operating a Medical Marijuana Dispensary ! FREE MY DAD!!!

22 Years in Prison are Far TOO LONG for Operating a State-Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary!!!  Over 13 years ago my Dad left me and went to prison for operating a state-legal medical marijuana dispensary in California. He was given a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years plus an additional 1 year 8 months. Today, marijuana is fully legal in 15 states and D.C. and medical marijuana is legal in 36 states  --  yet my Dad remains in prison!!  I am Jasmine Scarmazzo and I’m 18 years old. I’m writing this petition because I want my Dad to come home from prison and I am asking our compassionate President to grant him sentence commutation. That’s the only way he will be released without serving over twenty years.  In California, medical marijuana has been legal since 1996 and there are thousands of medical marijuana dispensaries here. But over the years, many of them were raided and shut down by the federal government. My Dad was an owner of one of these STATE-LEGAL dispensaries but since his conviction, the Department of Justice and Congress have made changes in law and policy that means my Dad would not be arrested if he was operating a medical cannabis dispensary today.  My Dad is serving the longest federal prison sentence given to a medical marijuana dispensary operator and the only Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operator who has been convicted of conducting a Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) - a law designed to prosecute Drug Kingpins! Following trial, two jury members recanted their guilty verdicts and gave sworn affidavits to that effect when learning the CCE conviction carried a 20 year Mandatory Minimum Sentence.  Today, 36 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws in place. In December 2015, Congress passed legislation that protects dispensary operators against arrest. Also, beginning in 2013, the Department of Justice stopped prosecuting medical—or even recreational—marijuana providers who are operating under state laws. Things have changed dramatically in the medical and recreational marijuana industries!!   And President Biden has recently indicated he supports the legalization of marijuana -- finally putting an end to the destructive and wasteful war on marijuana and allowing states to decide. President Biden has also publicly stated his desire to fairly treat those who are incarcerated for state legal offenses.    Unless he receives a commutation from President Biden, my Dad will have to serve his full 22 year sentence while others currently prosper for doing the same thing he did: operating a state-legal medical marijuana dispensary! My Dad's co-defendant, Ricardo Montes, was granted sentence commutation on January 19, 2017 BUT, inexplicably, my Dad was PASSED OVER by President Obama and was not granted the same relief from his sentence that Mr. Montes was!! That means I will be without him for another decade unless our caring and thoughtful President Biden grants him his freedom!! I am a senior in high school and he has not been here to see me grow up.   Please sign my petition and ask our President to grant my Dad sentence commutation.  Thank you for your support! To read more about my Dad's case click on this link. To view a recent compelling and heartbreaking video of Luke's story, please go to "Luke Scarmazzo: Injustice Episode 4" on YouTube  

Jasmine Scarmazzo
157,665 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, Raúl 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  In July of 2010, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) 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. As Veterans of the United States Armed Forces we call on the VHA to fully recognize cannabis as a viable treatment option for US Veterans. 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. 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 VHA 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. We have an opportunity to expand the conversation into areas such as MST, TBI, CTE, and other issues Veterans face beyond PTSD.  The many growers we have in our network can provide information on the benefits of using “real world” cannabis for research, as opposed to the currently mandated NIDA cannabis. Also, these growers can break down strains, and potency of cannabis being used real time by Veterans across the country.Veterans farming cannabis should be supported by the Department of Agriculture, with programs sponsored by the VHA. Veterans are being forced into criminal behavior to heal themselves. Trial and error are how Veterans learn about their cannabis medicine, both in legal and outlawed states.  Service members are also losing their benefits before they even enter into Veteran status, due to positive THC urinalysis. This leads to untreated mental health issues, among other hardships suffered by Veterans who are literally being left to fend for themselves. This situation is untenable. Because the VHA 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 VHA policy which would meet our needs is in order.  The status quo is medically unethical.   So, what do we need?  *Unobstructed ability to engage in open and honest dialogue with our VHA 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 VHA, 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 VHA Doctors, should that be the agreed upon treatment plan. *Prescriptions from the VHA filled at local dispensaries, or where dispensaries are not located/permitted, getting those scripts filled at the VHA Pharmacy. *A cannabis farm at every major VHA healthcare facility designed to teach Veterans about their medication, how to grow it, and to supply the hospital Pharmacy. We are urging Congress to take action to protect the health and safety of Veterans by de-scheduling cannabis, and re-opening the federal Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program through the VHA, to ensure cannabis and other remedies with an appropriate LD50 are available as a first line option for Veterans healthcare in all 50 States and Territories of the U.S. Will you join us in this fight?

1620 Legion
154,607 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Phil Murphy, New Jersey State House, New Jersey State Senate

Access For Patients

We, the patients, are in full support of legal access to quality marijuana for all New Jerseyans. But for those who use marijuana medicinally, and who in doing so created the New Jersey marijuana market, are due more appropriate access to their medication. We hope you can recognize the importance of increased access for patients and join the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Advocates in securing the following:-Special reserves are to be held for medical patients, to ensure consistent access to medicine-Fairer pricing be provided to medical sales, recreational sales can bear the burden of tax collection-Separate dispensing line to provide easier access with the inevitable surge in recreational sales-Medical patient homegrown (up to 7 plants) Additionally, we are in support of the immediate passing and signing of the following bills: - S21/A21 - Legalization of Recreational Adult Use Marijuana/Creation of CRC - A4952 - Decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana possession - A3018 - Employment protection for medicinal marijuana patients  - A4296 - Criminal Justice Reform/Expungement Relief   - S65/A2252 - Medical Marijuana not subject to state sales tax -A3961/S2448- Authorizes telemedicine for medical marijuana patients for duration of covid pandemic - ACR74- Designated taxes from Rec sales go toward mental health, addiction recovery, and rehab services - A5168/S3360 - DOE guidelines for educational guidelines for health class to include risks of cannabis use  Better access for patients allows dispensaries to focus on recreational sales, which will ultimately be the driving force of New Jersey's marijuana marketplace. Allowing dispensaries to focus their attention on the recreational market, while consistently providing for medical patients, will position New Jersey to become a national leader in implementing safe and effective marijuana programs for all.  This letter is signed by patients of the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program. 

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Patient Advocates
209 supporters