I received the following legislative alert today:
Real cannabis reform is possible on the federal level, and you can make it happen! Last week, the CARERS Act of 2017 was introduced by bill sponsors at an event in Washington, D.C., with ASA patient advocates like you.
S.1374/H.R.2920, the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2017 (CARERS Act of 2017) is one of the most comprehensive pieces of cannabis reform legislation in the Senate. If passed, the legislation would:
- Protect medical cannabis patients who comply with state laws from federal prosecution
- Enable access to medical cannabis for veterans
- Remove cannabidiol (CBD) from the list of controlled substances and
- Greatly expand the opportunity for medical and scientific research on the uses and effects of medical cannabis
As advocates for safe access to medical cannabis, you know that removing the fear of federal prosecution for patients is crucial, particularly since our new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has made his negative views of medical cannabis clear.
The CARERS Act reduces the role of the federal government in formulating drug policy and allows states to make determinations on their own drug policies. Giving the power to decide drug policy to the states reinforces the principles of federalism on which our country was founded.
Patients need Congress to pass CARERS so that they have access to the medicine they need! Please take action today, and urge your Senators to cosponsor this legislation.
Steph Sherer, Executive Director
Americans for Safe Access