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 Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, Barack Obama, Donald Trump
Stop CBD From Becoming A Schedule 1 Drug
The DEA is at it again! They are trying to make CBD(Cannabidiol) illegal even if it is derided from hemp a schedule 1 on January 13th 2017. We need to get this out to mainstream media and stop it! Millions of sick people & Children rely on CBD (Cannabidiol) for everyday living, CBD (Cannabidiol) has stopped children and adults with epilepsy. Look below at the link and read! https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/14/2016-29941/establishment-of-a-new-drug-code-for-marihuana-extract This is going not only going to effect people's quality of life, but it will also take away thousands of jobs for the people who are currently working to help others with the use of industrial hemp and Cannabis. Please sign the petition, This is a group effort anyone who has any suggestions or would like to help! Benefits of CBD "Cannabidiol"-Additional, preclinical studies suggest that CBD may have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of various conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, diabetes, PTSD, alcoholism, strokes and cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other ailments. Hemp Bill - http://www.votehemp.com/2014_farm_bill_section_7606.html
Petition to National Institutes of Health, President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
Fund More Research for Medical Marijuana as a Solution to the Opioid Crisis.
As a doctor, one of my primary responsibilities is to alleviate pain, and I’m always on the lookout for new and more effective treatments. For years, we’ve used opiates to treat pain and today we are in the throes of an addiction epidemic. Each day the opioid crisis sends over 1000 people to the emergency room and takes 91 lives. Doctors need new pain medications that don't have the ability to kill like opioids do. I believe medical cannabis could do just that and I’m calling on the federal government to fund the research we need to prove it. Outdated beliefs and policies have prevented our country from funding medical cannabis research but the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has reviewed other scientific research and found evidence that patients treated with cannabis or cannabinoids were more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms. Yet the government still says cannabis has no proven medical value. About twenty years ago, my colleagues and I were sold a bill of goods on a new strategy to treat people suffering from chronic pain. Opioids were the answer, and we were led to believe that not only were they effective, but that they couldn't be addictive. Unfortunately, it took a national emergency to realize that the quadrupling of opioid prescriptions that resulted from these teachings was actually a problem. Not only are opioids in fact highly addictive, according to the CDC, there is actually little evidence that they are even effective at relieving chronic pain. I was duped. It's hard to admit it, but I have to face the facts. To make sure it never happens again, I’m asking you to sign this petition. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funds much of our nation’s medical research, allots only $111 million dollars to cannabis research. This sounds like a large number, but it represents a mere 0.3 percent of NIH's total spending on research and is only 0.1 percent of the cost of the opioid epidemic. This is a drop in the bucket for something that experts believe could have the potential to help in our fight against the number one killer of adults under 50. Studies already suggest that states with medical cannabis laws have a 25 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws. Almost half of opioid deaths are due to the overdose of prescription drugs. While heroin is responsible for much of the other half, research suggests that 4 out of 5 heroin users started with prescription drugs. I have traveled around the country and met countless families who needlessly lost their sons and daughters, husbands and wives to addiction. In addition to the obvious emotional costs of this epidemic, the financial burden is exorbitant. The opioid crisis costs our economy over $78 billion per year. So please join me in calling on NIH to quadruple its spending on this important research (only 50 percent of opiate epidemic costs) and sign this petition.
Petition to Nathan Deal, Marijuana, the peaple, Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Johnny Isakson, ATLANTA, Adults
legalize Marijuana in the state of Georgia
We, the undersigned, respectfully ask Governor Nathan Deal and the Honorable Members of the Georgia General Assembly to evaluate the legalization of marijuana recreational and medical use. Currently, marijuana is completely illegal under the federal controlled substance act. However, some states have decriminalized the drug, leading marijuana to become a substance in the grey area. Georgia’s current marijuana laws are as follow: 1 oz. or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor, yielding 1 year or an $1,000 fine. More than 1 oz. of marijuana (but less than 10 lbs.) is a felony, with 1-10 years of jail time. Lastly an individual carrying over 10 lbs. of marijuana is considered to have engaged in drug trafficking. Marijuana is a versatile plant that has many benefits. Medical marijuana is useful for pain control as the chemical compounds (THC) within the plant can be used to help with Aids/HIV, Alzheimer's, Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, Chronic pain, Crohn's disease, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, and Multiple sclerosis. Further, recreational use marijuana has many health benefits. Marijuana may help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health. Also, the chemical CBD has been shown to stop the spreading of cancer. Marijuana can also decrease anxiety and help speed up your metabolism. Finally, marijuana has the added benefit of reducing stress levels and encouraging creativity. Marijuana has caused zero deaths to date. That being said some negative side effects of marijuana exist, including impaired vision, increased heart rate, antisocial tendencies, and over snacking. However, within these cons lies the underlying reality of the situation. Marijuana has little to no negative side effects and further has been tried by over 44% of Americans. This drug is only labeled a drug because of the lack of ability to tax and regulate it. Further, the revenue from Georgia home owners makes up most of the budget. However, within the year of 2017 the government did not efficiently collect this tax, thus teachers were almost cut from pay. With marijuana legal in the case of medical and recreational use this chaos would have been avoided. The government of Georgia could source their revenue in taxation of distribution and sales to assist the state with balancing its budget. Thus, I propose (to you) Nathan Deal to consider the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use.
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 Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, Raul 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
As federal patients, Veterans are being prescribed extremely addictive pharmaceuticals linked to widespread death across the country. Despite this fact, these pills remain at a lower classification within the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) than cannabis. Cannabis has helped many people suffering from debilitating conditions such as PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, addiction withdrawal and has statistically lowered the suicide rate in states where it is “legal.” Veterans Health Administration (VA) primary care teams should be educated on how to best implement cannabis into a veterans treatment plan. When a patient is a legal medical cannabis card holder as well as a veteran, they should be afforded the freedom to use cannabis within the VA system as a recognized medical alternative to psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against them. Do you agree: Should veterans be able to treat themselves with medical marijuana? If you do, please join us in the fight to provide veterans safe access and compassionate care within the Veterans Health Administration.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Georgia State Senate, Honorable Judge Kimberly A. Childs, Victor Reynolds, Marty First, Georgia Governor, Donald Trump
Tell Georgia: Stop Prosecuting Medical Cannabis
Support Scott Negron's battle for change!
We want to help bring change in this Country. The lies and superstition used to block the use of Medical Cannabis has done nothing but damage to the people of this country since the 1930's. Here it has helped to erase a life of service and modest accomplishments.The Negron/Mazurek (Medical), Cannabis "Trafficking" trial Case No.15-9-02848-42 Cobb County ,Georgia Superior Court has been "resolved" by a forced, coerced plea deal that Negron took under direct threat to keep him from corruptly receiving over 30 years sentence in Prison. It left his life and health in financial and medical shambles. He stayed in the fight and sacrificed everything he had in hopes that the People of the State of Georgia and the Country would stand with him.Here, he sends his message: "I write to you as a fellow American citizen in hope that you are an advocate of Liberty. The lies and superstitions that have been used against Cannabis since the 1930's have forever affected millions of people in this country. If you support the choice for people who are ill, like myself ("Crohns disease" and severe chronic osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease), to use medicinal cannabis for their pain & maladies my hope is you will consider helping us to get their story in front of more people. We need thousands of signatures and voices. Given the circumstance, we respectfully believed the State of Georgia had the wisdom, legal authority & discretion to make the decision not to prosecute. They selectively prosecuted me because of politics. They let a serviceman and his wife off Scot free for cultivating Medical Cannabis for his wife's Multiple Sclerosis the next county over. We are not the criminal element and traffickers the State has in mind when pursuing criminals. I'm grateful for your interest, hope you will consider supporting my efforts at exoneration and legislative changes.Please accept my sincere intention to be a part of solutions & rational change for Georgia. If there is any further information needed, please do not hesitate to contact me. I answer all inquiries personally" Excerpts from the Petition, article & statements: Essentially this criminal legal action sought to use a questionable & problematic search warrant, to prosecute and imprison a seriously suffering and medically disabled medical cannabis patient & his caregiver. They are accused of growing a medical cannabis for his various treatments. No evidence or accusation of sales, no distribution, no scales, no money, no valuables, no monetary enrichment. The charge of "trafficking" is alleged simply on the technically arbitrary amount of plants seized by weight; that’s it. Here is further information in the form of a short bio links About the defendants: Scott is an ex-professional & volunteer, Firefighter/First res-ponder medic & business owner. He has been repeatedly awarded & cited over the past 30 years for multiple "acts of Civic Heroism" both on the job and as a civilian, for intervening in accidents/fires & violent crimes on the behalf of other people at great risk to himself. He has done thousands of hours of volunteer & pro-Bono work starting in the 70's teaching basic computing to young kids at Montessori summer school in Santa Barbara. He was helping other very sick and suffering patients in the Atlanta near his adopted home of Cobb County Georgia. Here is his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-negron-85411524 He has always been involved in "doing", to help others.As he was raising his own son as a primary custody parent, he cared for his elderly grandparents through their struggle with Alzheimer's disease & dementia to maintain dignity in their old age for 10 years in his home as a custodial guardian, to keep them out of a nursing home until their death all while dealing with his own health issues & physical changes. He has worked hard, affected and saved many lives and served his community well. Now he is being painted as a criminal "with a history" because of non-serious previous arrests (no convictions) on record and incredibly, his assistant/caregiver was being tried as an accomplice! Co-defendant David Mazurek, Born in Green Bay Wisconsin moved to Georgia in 1973 is a local resident. A graduate of Tucker High School & Georgia Tech. University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Aerospace Engineering. He worked in both Defense & Aerospace, held security clearances and (at 60 years old), has never been arrested, not even a misdemeanor traffic violation. He has never smoked, used or tried cannabis or any illegal narcotic in his life. In 2002 he went to work with Negron's small subcontracting business & eventually came to join their family, helping to care for "Jorge & Josephine", the grandparents as a live-in assistant caregiver. Jorge literally died in David’s arms & Josephine followed to the other side within months. After their deaths, Mazurek stayed on to help care for Scott's ever worsening medical disabilities. Despite never having used any illegal drugs in his entire life, both Mazurek & Negron were accused of "appearing heavily intoxicated with Cannabis". To sum up David’s culpability: an officer said: "there is no way he didn't know about it, so that means he was involved." There was also a misleading written accusation of violent assault being committed contained in and cited as probable cause on the application for the search warrant. The grand jury indictment has been mysteriously sealed. This issue is about medical Freedom (of choice) for medical cannabis, illegal search & asset seizure. As Scott wrote: "I would like people to know what they have done here in Cobb County. The corruption they level at citizens here. We need your help and are asking, praying for help & calling on you, fellow citizens and friends: all Medical Cannabis advocates for desperately needed moral/vocal support." Statement from Negron: "I hope to convince you to take a minute to look into my case, sign & circulate this petition to support me, a fellow who is sick and now in mortal danger. You see, I have been extremely ill, plagued with severe paralyzing chronic pain, degenerative joints & even longer with debilitating digestive ailments similar to Crohn's disease. I've run the gauntlet of doctors, almost a dozen of them, pain management and watched other friends die from long term heavy pain medication. Steroid treatment for asthma helped kill my father at 50 years old. That is one of the treatments they wanted to use on me. The acute, chronic pain started circa 2000, and by 2005 doctor prescribed pharmaceutical pain-killers/Pain management, massive regular doses of anti-inflammatory & analgesics made it 25%-35% worse, AND added over 200lbs to my weight in under 2 years. In 2009 I left pain management and began to use cannabis in various Medicinal ways to treat my pain, inflammation, as a digestive aid (primarily by consumption, and various other ways, such as Juiced, RAW), but I never participated in any black market activities. My health responded so well, that we began exploring further naturopathic options on healing." In 2015, our house was invaded on a very suspicious warrant and we were arrested in Cobb Country . Without any evidence of dealing or distribution what-so-ever, I was indited with the ridiculous charge of "Trafficking". However ludicrous the charges are - I am facing 15 to 30 YEARS IN PRISON. Please read my story and sign the petition to keep me FREE to recover from my long illnesses and to pursue medical health and happiness. "My assistant/caregiver & I are being tried in Cobb County Georgia, accused of "Trafficking." Is this the appropriate charge for the accusation of growing my own supply of Medical Cannabis for my health conditions? This issue is about medical Freedom (of choice). We need your help. I am asking, praying for help and calling on you, fellow citizens and friends: GEORGIA Medical Cannabis patients are desperately in need MORAL/VOCAL support from advocates. This issue is not about politics, it's about people who are suffering. I am a patient; a human being who is suffering, not a drug dealer or criminal profiteer. Now, after 18 months in prison, I return to my shattered life with 9 years of probation. I want people to understand that I do not view our justice system, the Judge, D.A. or officers in this case as enemies. I know they are simply doing their job. I hold no contempt for them. However, corruption is wrong, and Cobb County Government and the legal system here, this Judge Adel Grubbs is among the most corrupt. As a man and citizen, I truly want to be a benefit to this issue; I want to help develop solutions and in all modesty: After almost twenty years of constant illness & suffering and the constant research done to find out how to help myself, I feel qualified & knowledgeable enough to do so. The disinformation campaign waged against Cannabis has been over seventy years. I believe that everyone would benefit from further truthful education and tolerance when it comes to Medical Cannabis. If they knew the truth and the facts, I do not believe they would want to put us in prison. "People who need Cannabis as medicine should be able to access it without participating in black market criminal activities. I respectfully believe people should be able to get it or grow it legally and should not be turned into criminals, and I promise to do everything I can to help with this cause. Never in my life would I have intended to be in this position any more than I intended to be sick. My life is difficult right now but I am not here to whine. I am here to ask for help to fight." There are MANY OTHERS suffering worse than I am. Self preservation is a human right and the strongest power on earth in this country, over any office of government is the power of a Jury of citizens; the voice of the People. Does this sick man & His caregiver belong in prison? Imprisoning them for the decision to save himself from what he believed was a certain death is not in the best interest of the People. If you are interested in any further information, you are welcomed to contact us through the FaceBook group. PLEASE JOIN OUR GROUP FOR MORE INFORMATION. Chronic Pain: Common Sense Justice for Medical Cannabishttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1670252609868714/ - Article by Lionshare P.R. Here is a link to the petition: https://www.change.org/p/georgia-state-senate-honorable-judge-kimberly-childs-cobb-county-disrict-attorney-vic-reynolds-cobb-county-assistant-district-attorney-marty-first-georgia-governor-stop-criminal-prosecution-scott-negron-and-caregiver-david-mazurek-for-medicinal-cannabis Click here to support David & Scott's Legal Defense Fund!"Send $5 dollars & forward to FIVE people who care about this issue!"https://www.gofundme.com/save-a-gorilla Thank you for your support." Warmest RegardsThomas Scott Negron- email@example.com
Petition to Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate
Nominate and Confirm a Medical Marijuana friendly Attorney General
As President Trump considers a new Attorney General to replace Sessions, we request he nominate someone who is willing to pursue a pragmatic approach to drug policy — specifically, Medical Marijuana legalization. We also request that the United States Senate’s review of any nominees include their willingness to consider Medical Marijuana as a contributor to stemming the existing, and growing, opioid epidemic. Sessions’ treatment of Marijuana inhibited implementation of a sound, comprehensive drug policy by treating Marijuana as an evil threat rather than a substance with widely acknowledged medicinal uses. Instead of focusing on a broader approach to reducing opioid overdoses, exceeding 40,000 a year, he ramped up efforts to enforce federal law to the letter by prosecuting Marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act - regardless of state law. Those actions ran against the tide of rising voter support, further emphasized by victories for Marijuana this past Tuesday. Voters in Utah and Missouri joined 31 other states that had already passed legal Medical Marijuana, demonstrating a steady momentum towards Marijuana policy reform in the United States. A record high 64% of Americans now support legalizing Marijuana at the federal level, including 51% of Republicans, according to a recent Gallup poll. Even in deep-red Oklahoma, voters recently overwhelmingly approved a Medical Marijuana law through a ballot initiative that was opposed by the entire state GOP establishment. Earlier in his campaign (in October of 2015) President Trump announced his support of Medical Marijuana at a campaign rally, saying: "The marijuana thing is such a big thing. I think medical should happen—right? Don’t we agree? I think so. ... I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state." Additionally, the Senate has shown bipartisan support for legalizing Medical Marijuana through the introduction of the STATES Act and the CARES Act. Finally, the United States Senate was designed to protect states rights through equal representation of two members per state. This purpose, combined with the reality that two-thirds of the states in our country have legalized Marijuana to some degree, demands that the Senate confirm an Attorney General who is favorable to moving Medical Marijuana into mainstream treatment for medical needs. Efforts to oppose legalizing Medical Marijuana have failed at the state level, resulting in some cases of poorly enforced laws. Both the Administration and Congress need to be proactively moving forward with legalizing Medical Marijuana to benefit patients and protect children by working on fair and effective laws and regulations. This can't be done by nominating and confirming an Attorney General whose only answer is to fight to protect pharmaceutical profits over the health and well-being of Americans.