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Plea’s For President Obama To Sign The CARERS Act

Plea’s For President Obama To Sign The CARERS Act

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 10/07/2015 in Medical Marijuana Laws

October 01, 2015 was supposed to be a day that would go down in Oregon history as the day Oregonians overturned pot prohibition and officially began selling recreationally legal marijuana to adults over the age of 21 years – a significantly “high” day by any green standards. However, instead of October 01 being a “highly” historic day, it will now live on in the history books as the notorious day that a gunman went from classroom to classroom opening fire on students at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College. An army veteran, Chris Mintz, is being hailed as a national hero, after claims from several eye witnesses who reported that it was the veterans selfless action that prevented many more people from being killed or injured by the shooter, who was later killed by police.
And as the president laments over this tragedy and aims to highlight the issue of gun control, yet again, we are also reminded of the unfortunate fact that despite all appeals, the president still hasn’t signed the CARERS Act, despite eluding to the notion that he would support and sign the act when interviewed by CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, back in April. “You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be,” said President Obama.
The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, introduced in the Senate in March by Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, is a bi-partisian bill that would essentially end the federal war on medical marijuana by recognizing marijuana for its medical use and removing it from the list of Schedule I drugs. A crucial step for the necessary scientific study and research of medical cannabis.
The CARERS Act would enable further research and development into the medical potential for cannabis use in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs currently estimate that PTSD afflicts 31(%) percent of Vietnam veterans, 10(%) percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans, 11(%) percent of Afghanistan war veterans, and more than 20(%) percent of Iraqi war veterans. According to VeteransForMedicalMarijuana.orgDr. Mechoulam, who is the Israeli scientist known for identifying THC as the psychoactive compound in marijuana, and decades later discovered the brain’s endocannabinoid system and the endogenous neurotransmitter anandamide (to date he is still one of the most respected Israeli neuroscientists, and has been a senior advisor to the Israeli government on marijuana policy), believes the neuroprotective effects of marijuana may eventually have applications for other neurological and psychiatric conditions, including PTSD.
Despite that this piece of legislation is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans, and has the support of 16 federal senators, it has still not been voted on – one would be hard pressed trying to find anything else that has that much support, yet isn’t being voted on… If you agree that this is unacceptable, and believe that the time for policy reform is long overdue, not only for the millions of patients who are forced to suffer as the result of a chronic and debilitating disease or medical condition, but especially for our veterans who selflessly defend and protect us from all foreign evils, and the evils that domestically grow from within the deep, dark crevices of this land we call home, then PLEASE SHARE THIS BLOG, and SIGN YOUR SUPPORT to the petition (initiated by the Drug Policy Alliance) urging Senator Grassley to PUT THE BILL TO A VOTE NOW.
Patients diagnosed with a debilitating and chronic medical condition, disease, or terminal illness – including those 7.7 million American adults diagnosed with PTSD – do not deserve to be treated like common criminals. These are people who for some reason or another have been involuntarily sentenced to suffer in a prison cell they call their body. They do not get time off for good behavior, or the opportunity to appeal their case, they simply have to endure whatever their health throws their way. Medical marijuana is a tool for many of these innocent victims to try and enjoy a little quality of life again. Please support the CARERS Act, for the sake of our loved ones battling the affliction of disease, everywhere.

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