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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 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
154,057 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Phil Murphy, Nicholas P. Scutari

New Jersey: Free prisoners charged with marijuana possession now that it's legal in state!

New Jersey voters have overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana. Beginning January 1, it will be completely legal to possess, cultivate and sell marijuana in retail stores. We are demanding that Governor Murphy release people who are imprisoned for marijuana-related offenses which are now legal. He must act now to save their lives from COVID-19, which continues to spread through our prisons without any signs of stopping. It’s time to correct this injustice. With the COVID-19 pandemic reaching the highest infection rates since the spring, getting arrested or being imprisoned for marijuana possession is not only unjustifiable – it’s a death sentence. 70% of prisoners who have been tested for COVID-19 have tested positive nationwide! With winter coming around the corner, these numbers are bound to increase. 1,214 prisoners have already died from COVID-19 in prison. That's more than those who have been executed in the last 20 years. New Jersey is notorious for its disproportionately high rate of marijuana-related arrests. According to the FBI, 35,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession or sales in 2017 alone. Black and Brown people are arrested at four times the rate of white people, even though rates of marijuana use are roughly the same across demographics. There’s a reason New Jersey voters finally legalized marijuana. It has taken zero lives and killed zero people. The nation is discovering the many health benefits of the herb and recognizing its importance in medical rehabilitation. This is why as of the 2020 election, marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in a total of 15 states plus D.C. and for medical use in 36 states. Imagine sitting in a prison cell with no control of the air you breathe or who you're near, with a deadly disease circulating in close quarters, and your life at risk every day from the virus...for a crime that's now legal. These aren't just random people. These are mothers and sons, fathers and daughters separated from their family, some of whom weren't even able to watch their children and loved ones die. And now their lives are at risk too, for a crime that's not even a crime anymore. All you have to do is show you care. All we have to do is show them we are fighting for their lives and they are not alone and not forgotten. Governor Murphy, you played a huge part in legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, and on January 1st, the law goes into effect. You’ve also signed Senate Bill 2519, which shortens certain prisoners’ sentences due to COVID-19. It’s time for you to take the next logical step. In a time where there is so much hate and so many problems, here's a solution to two: stop the spread of COVID-19 in prisons, and support progressive criminal justice reform.

420 Live Entertainment (Marquel & Mike)
1,207 supporters