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marijuana law reform

27 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to New Jersey Governor, New Jersey State House, Cory Booker, Robert Menendez, FOX News, CNN, Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne, Chris Smith, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Frank LoBiondo, Albio Sires, Leonard Lance, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Stephen Sweeney, Valerie Vainieri Huttle

New Jersey Cannabis Employment for residents with non-violent past cannabis convictions

  There are so many New Jersey residents that have arrested and criminalized for non-violent marijuana related crimes. These people are your friends, family, neighbors and most important-locals! It is absolutely mortifying when one understands the potential time in jail, loss of the right to vote, loss of your passport, loss of one’s job, a criminal record , driver’s license suspension, up to $1,255 in fines and fees, and potential consequences for one’s immigration status, financial aid eligibility, access to public housing, and the ability to adopt children. Most importantly, They're being denied a fair chance at employment across every industry native to New Jersey Based off their record for having possession or use of cannabis. All for using, cannabis. A safe alternative for relaxing and social setting, and also a very important medicine. According to the ACLU, Between 2000 and 2013 - New Jersey law enforcement agencies made almost 280,000 marijuana possession arrests. Holding well over 50% of all drug related charges made during that period of time, including heroin, cocaine, ect. In 2013 alone marijuana possession arrests made up 88% of total marijuana arrests statewide. It costs you, the taxpayer- $750 to pay for each marijuana arrest. Thats $210,000,000 between 2000-2013 wasted on ruining peoples lives and means of living for choosing a safer alternative!  To right the wrong, we demand employment equality within the medical/ recreational cannabis industry in New Jersey for citizens with past non-violent marijuana related crimes for dispensaries to not deny employment based solely on a past conviction for marijuana. Agree or not, the people operating in said “black market” before a “legal market” was introduced as consumers, advocates and enthusiasts, growers, marketing, or education and research- They are the reason the cannabis movement is where it is today! For them to be pushed into the corner by big money and unfair criminalization. Together we can build the marijuana industry of New Jersey and be proud about it! 

Employment Equality for Post-Cannabis Convicts
79 supporters
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
8,085 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to president Trump

President Trump: Clemency for Federal Marijuana Prisoners

We believe President Trump’s next act of mercy should come swiftly for everyone serving federal time for marijuana drug cases.  Not one person in the history of our nation has ever overdosed on marijuana. It’s impossible. And yet, we have people serving life without parole for a plant that is now legal for medicinal use in 30 states and legal for recreational use in 10 states, plus Washington DC.  Technically, every Representative that holds a seat in our Nation’s Capital and the President of the United States can enjoy recreational use of pot if they so choose, while others rot in prison for federal conspiracy cases - including people who thought they were compliant with the laws of their state for medical marijuana.The CAN-DO Foundation has submitted a list of clemency candidates to the White House. One list was comprised solely of 22 people serving time for marijuana-only offenses.  Most of these individuals have already served over 10 years and Antonio Bascaro has served 38 years for a first time pot offense!  This is an outrage that must be corrected, posthaste.  People should not serve time for pot while others are simultaneously profiting from the same activity without fear of any legal consequences.  This injustice can be corrected through categorical clemency or amnesty for all pot offenders.  During the course of my advocacy at the CAN-DO Foundation I have gotten into numerous arguments with people who do not believe there are people serving time for pot, much less life without parole.  Therefore, I am including the names of the prisoners we submitted to the White House along with a link to their profile pages where there is usually a change.org petition you can also sign and share.  Or you can go to the CAN-DO Pot Prisoner page and review most of the cases below.   Michael Pelletier has served 12 years on LIFE without parole.  He was a paraplegic at age 11 and his state of Maine legalized pot in 2016John Knock is a first offender and served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 70  Antonio Bascaro is a first offender served 38 yrs on 70 yr sentence - age 83 Longest serving pot prisoner in history of USCrystal Munoz has served 11 years on 19 years 10 months - age 38 with 2 young girls ages 10 and 11- Crystal delivered second daughter shackled to bedDiana Marquez is a first offender serving her 11th year on 30 year sentence for marijuana - age 62 Patricia Albright has served 3 years on 5 year sentence - age 66, prosecuted during the Obama administration for making cannabis oil Ricardo Rojas has served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 75 and in a wheelchair. 
 Pedro Moreno is a first offender who has served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 58 - 4 of his brothers in the same conspiracy received clemency from President ObamaHector McGurk has served 15 years on LIFE without paroleCraig Cesal is a first offender and served 15 years on LIFE without parole - age 58 Way Long is a first offender who has served 21 years of a 50 year sentence - age 57 - Native American  
Ismael Lira is a first offender served 15 years on LIFE without parole - age 40  
Aaron Sandusky is a first offender serving his 6th year on 10 years for medical marijuana in the state of CaliforniaAndy Cox is serving his 10th year on LIFE without parole and has the longest sentence in the nation for merely growing potFerrell Scott has served 10 years on LIFE without parole - age 55 Luke Scarmazzo has served 10 years on 21.8 years for medical marijuana Corvain Cooper has served 4 years on LIFE without paroleMichael Knight  has served 10 years on 17 years 6 monthsJimmy Romans has served 8 years on a 30 year sentenceDonald Fugitt is a first offender serving his 5th year on a 17 year sentenceMichael Chancellor  is a first offender serving his 5th year of a 15 year 8 month sentenceLance Gloor is a first offender who has served over 2 years on a 10 year sentence for medical marijuana in the state of Washington  Together we #CANDO this!   

Amy Povah, CAN-DO Foundation
60,854 supporters