Petition to Hon. Pantaleon Diaz Alvarez, Hon. Angelina Tan
Official Petition: Support and Pass HB6517 (Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act)
We are the Philippine Cannabis Compassion Society (PCCS). We are patients. We are parents, families and friends of people with serious medical conditions. We deem it urgent for patients to have access to safe, affordable and available medical cannabis. Please support and approve House Bill No. 6517 (then HB180) or the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act filed by Congressman Rodolfo T. Albano III of Isabela (1st District) on June 30, 2016. The bill seeks "for the patient to have access to safe, affordable, available medical cannabis prescribed by a registered physician in cases where cannabis has been found to be effective in prevention, treatment and management of specified symptoms, illnesses and diseases", and authorizes qualified organizations "to develop, seek and carry out research programs relating to the medical use of cannabis." Cannabis has been recorded as medicine for more than 5,000 years. It has been recognized as medicine by the United Nations since 1961. Scientific research from all over the world have confirmed the plant’s therapeutic benefits for patients with seizures and tremors, cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV-AIDs, among many other serious diseases. The United Nations’ Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 affirms the importance of medical use of controlled substances. The Preamble notes that "the medical use of narcotic drugs continues to be indispensable for the relief of pain and suffering” and that “adequate provision must be made to ensure the AVAILABILITY of narcotic drugs for such purposes". Articles 1, 2, 4, 9, 12, 19, and 49 contain provisions relating to "medical and scientific" use of controlled substances, INCLUDING CANNABIS. In almost all cases, parties are permitted to allow dispensation and use of controlled substances under a prescription, subject to record-keeping requirements and other restrictions. Scientific studies and the people’s demand for cannabis as safer alternative to synthetic drugs have forced the governments in 28 countries, and in 29 states (including Washington D.C) in the US to recognize the plant as medicine and grant the use of medical cannabis by qualified patients. The Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) provides in Article 2 Section 16 "that in the case of medical laboratories and medical research centers which cultivate or culture marijuana, opium poppy and other plants, or materials of such dangerous drugs for medical experiments and research purposes, or for the creation of new types of medicine, the (Dangerous Drugs) Board shall prescribe the necessary implementing guidelines for the proper cultivation, culture, handling, experimentation and disposal of such plantsand materials." In the Philippines, the death of Moon Jaden Yutuc, suffering from Dravet Syndrome, in September 2013, opened the discussion on the patient's access to medical cannabis. Despite the doctors’ declaration that they have exhausted all possible options to stop the baby’s epileptic seizures, parents Jun and Myca refused to give up. From the documentary “Weed” by CNN’s Dr. Sunjay Gupta, their readings and personal networks worldwide, they learned about the healing properties of cannabis in treating severe forms of seizure. They sought for cannabis oil and asked that they be permitted to give Moon Jaden the medicine. Their request was denied. Moon Jaden may still be alive today if treated with cannabis. More and more people came out and bonded together to seek help for the same reasons. Several hopeful patients have died since then without the chance to legally avail of medical cannabis. How many more should we lose as we wait for our lawmakers to pass HB6517? The issue of medical cannabis is literally a matter of life and death. It is an issue on the fundamental right to health and the right to life. We humbly ask your support to pass HB6517, the act that will ensure qualified patients access to SAFE, AFFORDABLE and AVAILABLE medical cannabis. Thank you very much. #YesToMedCan #YestoHB6517 #MakeItHappen #HealtheFilipino
Petition to Kansas State House, Kansas State Senate
Vote For The Kansas Safe Access Act
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh-iANCKOdE&spfreload=10 29 states and Washington D.C. now have medical cannabis laws, granting their citizens safe and full access to medical cannabis therapeutics. More states are lined up to pass bills this session, or to pass reform by ballot initiative. Our neighbors in Missouri and Oklahoma are numbered in the latter, and Nebraska is in the former. We will soon be surrounded by legal states. Unless Kansas also moves forward, we will be the last total prohibition state in our area. We will then be left to manage all of the implications of that status for our citizenry. Will we continue to persecute, and prosecute the sick who seek healing by traveling to our surrounding states? “The question to consider is whether we will use scarce law enforcement resources to arrest patients who travel out of state and return with marijuana? Don’t we have a wiser and better use of the taxpayer money than arresting a veteran who suffers from PTSD and chooses not to use pharmaceuticals, or the worker who was injured on the job and doesn’t want to take opioids for his pain?” - Barry Grissom, former U.S. attorney for Kansas http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article194308459.html Kansas families have buried adults, and children during the nine years of fighting for their right to safe access. That is right. It has been nine years since the first bill was introduced into the Kansas legislature. Kansas children, and adults suffer needlessly. Their families suffer. We know this is not the will of the Kansas people. The people of Kansas support the rights of these patients to safe access. These patients are their neighbors, their fellow church members, their co-workers, They made their will known in the Kansas Speaks Survey of 2017. 76% of Kansans support their neighbor's right to the safe access of medical cannabis, when recommended by their medical provider. That is more than a two thirds majority. https://www.fhsu.edu/uploadedFiles/executive/docking/Kansas%20Speaks%2020171.pdf Below are just a few of the many ways medical cannabis laws positively impact overall public health. In states that have medical cannabis laws:MediCare and MediCaid prescription costs go downPrescription use rates go downTeen use goes downOpiate addiction rates go downSuicide rates go downDrunk driving rates go downOpioid overdose deaths go down by 25%The hospitalization rate for opioid abuse and dependence in states with medical cannabis are roughly 23% lower than states without legal accessEmergency room visits for opioid overdoses are on average 13% lower than states without medical cannabis programs. http://www.newsweek.com/states-medical-marijuana-painkiller-deaths-drop-25-266577https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4232164/https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/06/484977159/after-medical-marijuana-legalized-medicare-prescriptions-drop-for-many-drugs https://www.thelundreport.org/content/medical-marijuana-states-see-reduction-medicaid-and-medicare-prescription-drug-spending http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/28/opioid-abuse-is-plummeting-in-states-with-legal-marijuana/https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/studies-claim-medical-marijuana-may-reduce-suicide-rates-traffic-fatalities Cannabis is set to be a $40 BILLION dollar industry by 2021 That would be roughly a 150% increase in economic output from the $16 billion cannabis generated in 2017. Kansas is drowning financially. As a state, we are desperate for new revenue, new jobs, and new business. Kansas is projected to have a worse than national unemployment rate again next year, and we continue to lose jobs across the state. As it stands now, one in three Kansas hospitals is at risk for closing. We have laid off over 200 mental health workers. We lost federal certification for our only state mental health hospital due to critical under-funding. We borrowed from our state workers retirement fund, and we can't pay it back. Kansas ranks fifth in the nation for people moving out of state. The largest reason given for moving being jobs, (64.19%.) The cannabis industry is forecasted to create more than a quarter of a million jobs.That is more than the expected jobs from manufacturing, utilities or even government jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “In 2016, total marijuana sales in Colorado was $1.3 billion. As a former prosecutor, that tells me $1.3 billion did not go to criminals, but instead went to entrepreneurs who created over 18,000 full-time jobs that paid a living wage with the state taking in tax revenues of over $200 million.Given our fiscal mess, it would be nice to have an extra $100 million in revenue that didn’t come from income tax increases.” - Barry Grissom, former U.S. attorney for Kansas http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article194308459.html The Kansas Safe Access Act has been submitted to the Kansas Senate (SB187) and Kansas House (HB2348). It sits in both the Kansas House Human Health and Services Committee and the Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/documents/hb2348_00_0000.pdf The Kansas Safe Access Act is the ONLY bill that has been reviewed by multiple independent third party reviewers. It meets all the recommendations of the impact assessment study done by the Kansas Health Institute (KHI), and meets all the guidelines of Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (F.O.C.U.S.), the largest regulatory group in the cannabis industry. It is a non-profit bill that funds public health, public mental health, health and mental health in K-12, and funds medical research at Kansas hospitals and universities. Non-profit also means everything over base costs will go to free support services for patients such as nutritional support, patient support groups,medicine at a reduced price, or even for free to hospice patients. The cooperatives can even vote to offer free services to their entire small town, such as bringing in a traveling nurse, or doctor, or host medical device exchanges, and more. For our rural towns, that have little access to medical care, this could be a huge win for rural health. “The bill covers everything from legal protections for patients and medical providers, patient identification cards, education centers, supply guidelines, cultivation guidelines, workforce education, public safety, revenue policies, packaging regulations, testing and lab requirements, waste disposal and more.”http://www.gctelegram.com/news/20180114/medical-refugee-family-calls-for-legalizing-medical-cannabis-in-kansas It is 100% ecologically sustainable, both in the growing of clean medicine, and in the greatly reduced environmental impact at cultivation sites via mandated clean energy use, water capture, and grey water recycling. It is a rural modeled bill. All cultivation sites will be in rural areas. Bringing new jobs, and new business to these areas could literally save some of our little towns that are now hovering on the brink of extinction.There are many other great points in this bill, such as veteran and law enforcement officer operated security, educational programs to prevent impaired driving, and public safety awareness initiatives and incentive programs. I support the Kansas Safe Access Act. I am asking you to represent my voice in Topeka. I want you to vote "YES" on the Kansas Safe Access Act. It's right for the people of Kansas. Our citizens deserve to have safe access to every medical option that could save their life, or improve the quality of their life. It's right for Kansas. Kansas must move forward into innovation, and emerging new markets that will bring desperately needed new business, new jobs , and new revenue. The world is moving forward. Kansas cannot afford to be left behind, neither fiscally, nor in humanitarian terms. Thank you for your time. For questions on the Kansas Safe Access Act, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Netflix
Continue making Disjointed
Disjointed was a cannabis friendly comedy showing the witty stereotypes associated with pot usage, along with the struggles dispensaries face working within the grey area within our country. This show not only provided humor to its sober and inebriated viewers, but educated those who might not know much, or anything, about cannabis and its uses as medicine. Seeing first hand, those who suffer from PTSD, and how cannabis has helped them in the real world, being accurately portrayed through the character Carter is a fresh sight. The struggles of current day mom's and those in rough relationship, can lead to depression and was portrayed with Maria, while she struggled still she learned to moderate her usage and becoming a functioning user (her description of saving her child when they had an allergic reaction). This show brought a new light to cannabis and its usage and needs to continue enlightening viewers as cannabis becomes more main stream and less taboo in our society. Bring Disjointed back!!!
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. Transparency laws were designed to safeguard the public from millions of dollars from large national groups that support changing the law. This is important to have for Utah voters to help them decide whether to sign the ballot initiative. Incomplete disclosure masks true intentions of groups, and undermines the will of the people of our great state.
Petition to Deadpool , TRUCE
Add Deadpool to more LDS paintings and other artworks in protest for Prop 2 Voter Rights
ProblemThe problem is the Church was involved in Prop 2, thus the bill that was voted in was changed to a “compromise” bill. Which eliminated several conditions that would qualify for a medical card, and limited the number of dispensaries available. Creating hoops for those that can even partake in medical cannabis. But here is another thing we can change for the church. They did not like Deadpool appearing on their painting for a movie poster, Once Upon a Deadpool. There is currently a petition to get those removed. If this happens the church has just strong-armed one of our freedoms and our rights as voters. Let’s petition for more posters of Deadpool and the depictmebt of the church. The church that cares more about money than the health of some of its members and the greater community. SolutionCreating more posters. Billboards. Freedom of speech to have these billboards around as much as possible. More Deadpool. Personal storyI am I’ll with an autoimmune disorder which medical cannabis can treat. But under the new revision bill, autoimmune diseases were removed. This leaves me to more dangerous pain management options like opioids. Since I hear the church has some stock in the pharmaceutical companies, they shouldn’t get what they want this time.
Petition to Forward Thinkers
Accept Anxiety as a qualifying condition for Medical Marijuana in Illinois
A huge number of people deal with chronic anxiety, either in the form of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, or both(close to 40 million in the US). Many people in the Cannabis community believe that Marijuana can be used to help people treat and manage their Anxiety. For years, Benzodiazepines were the go-to medication for anxiety treatment. However, the addictive potential of Benzodiazepines as well as their toxicity presents real risks to patients and over the last 20 years or so physicians have moved away from common use of Benzodiazepines to other effective medications like SSRIs and in some states, even medical Marijuana. There is growing data to support the use of medical marijuana to help treat these kinds of illnesses. If you have used it yourself you may have experienced anxiety upon ingestion, even trying it just once. This in itself has turned many people off to the topic due to a lack of understanding and or a negatively impacted perception related to one's own personal experience. Though you or someone you know may get terrible anxiety from ingesting this powerful medicine, I am asking you to be open to the idea that for many people it can actually do the exact opposite. Research psychologist Carrie Cuttler recently found that anxiety "was the number two reason medical cannabis patients reported using cannabis". A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, had participants smoke medical marijuana at home, and rate their symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression using an app that’s designed to help people track how different doses affect their symptoms. The team found that high CBD/low THC was best for reducing short-term depression. Low CBD/high THC was most effective for reducing stress, while any type worked on anxiety. One of the most important underlying reasons that this change is being called forth is that those who do choose to use cannabis as a means of anti-anxiety treatment regardless of the current legal status, do not benefit from it as well as they potentially could. The reason for this is that when a person purchases cannabis from the street they have no idea which one out of nearly 800 strains that they are actually purchasing at the time. The study above explained how different strains with different levels of CBD or THC have different effects on people. A Sativa dominant strain with High levels of THC may very well greatly benefit one person while another would respond better to an Indica Dominant strain with higher levels of CBD. If someone so chooses to use this alternative medicine, we should at least allow them to have the ability to use something that would be most useful to each unique individual. Adding Anxiety to the list of qualifying conditions would solve this particular problem completely. While other states in the U.S. are becoming more understanding and open-minded to the cause, Illinois residents are sitting by and watching outdated and unreasonable laws being amended all around the country. This petition has the power to incite a much needed change in this state. Our country is coming to it's senses and realizing that maybe allowing people who would prefer to medicate with a more natural alternative as opposed to the traditional prescription choice, isn't such a bad thing. On behalf of all the people that you would be helping, I ask that you please be a part of this much needed change in our state and help us to do something that will greatly benefit countless people. Do your part & help incite a real change!
Petition to Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, David Perdue, Johnny Isakson
GO GREEN! South Carolina/Georgia - Ganja ,health & peace!
I'm trying to make this aware that this situation, it isn't what the media makes it out to be. There is actually people with health issues that would rather use this as an alternative than using pills or many different cases. Helps people medically and lower gang violence/crimes. It will make everyone a little more relaxed. It is not just smoked it is used in oil that is used in lotions, creams, face scrub, food; Anything you can imagine but the thing is why is it illegal? If it is so useful and helpful in many ways. I believe personally that it should be a controlled substance 18+ on private property/ some hookah lounges. If anyone is selling it they must have a permit or some sort of business license. State and local governments struggle with rising costs and decreased revenue, many are looking for creative ways to increase income to pay for everything from road repairs to new parks. Some believe that marijuana legalization could be a windfall in the form of new taxes applied to its distribution and sale. In Colorado, for example, analysts suggest that taxing the drug could raise between $5 and $22 million annually. More effective law enforcement and criminal justice:Many advocates for legalization note that by decriminalizing the substance, police officers will have more time and money to pursue criminals for other crimes, including those involving violence. They also argue it would create wiggle room in the criminal justice system, allowing prosecutors and judges to focus on violent crimes while freeing space in crowded prisons. One study estimates that nationwide marijuana legalization would save governments $8.7 billion each year. Less money supporting organized crime:Legalizing recreational weed cuts off an important revenue stream for many in the illegal drug trade. Advocates of legalization contend that by making the substance less profitable for criminals, it will decrease the violence associated with the trade. The result could save lives while taking pressure off of law enforcement. Safety controls:When a person buys marijuana off the street, there’s no way to know exactly what dangerous substances could be mixed in. While current legalization efforts don’t directly address safety issues, they do create a framework for a safety control system, which would work to eliminate some of the risk that comes from smoking a substance potentially laced with toxic ingredients. for medicinal use Some people from inside and outside the medical community argue that the drug is an effective treatment for a range of conditions, including epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, anxiety ,eating disorders , insomnia ,posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and multiple sclerosis (MS) etc... also helps out so many people daily cope with their health issues to be able to smile and laugh to be able to let the negativity fade away for them to get an ounce of hope. more than a dozen states, including California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, medical marijuana use is already legal under certain guidelines. The decriminalization of weed would allow more people to use the drug for its believed health benefits. I mean I could go on and on about how the health benefits, the hemp, the low crime and bring more money to the businesses around us. There is so many benefits. Something that we honestly need to think about is it a change that were willing to make or want to make?? To be able to go out and make this change and see if it helps the positivity around US our environment. Happy people = longer lives / safer environment for the generation coming... Go green ganja peace.<3 If you support for you or a loved one please sign the petition!!!!!