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In April, 2016, the Hawaii Department of Health will issue two licenses for the operation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Greenhouses on the Big Island of Hawaii. Support for Matthew Brittain in obtaining one of these licenses will assure Medical Marijuana patients on Hawaii Island safe and reliable access to high quality medicine.
Here are some of Mr. Brittain’s qualifications:
Matthew Brittain has demonstrated long-standing commitment to Hawaii’s legalization of Medical Marijuana (MUM). In addition to thorough understanding of MUM legal requirements and protocols, Matthew has facilitated State certification of thousands of patients seeking to use and grow their own medication. Many of these patients have been too ill or lacked access to garden space to grow their medicine.
As a respected health care provider with a decades-long track record, Matthew is a trusted expert in the efficacy of marijuana for addressing health issues.
Additionally, Matthew's extensive experience as an avid and skilled Medical Marijuana gardener, specializing in developing potent and productive local strains, uniquely qualifies him to produce high quality and effective medicine for Hawaii Island's patients.
By providing a consistent source of Medical Marijuana, Matthew Brittain will serve our community while consistently supporting local vendors, employing island residents, and supporting our local economy.
Matthew’s devotion to Hawaii ensures that his company, Effective Medicinals, LLC, will serve the highest good of the patients, the aina, and all who live in Hawaii.
A bipartisan group of senators is sponsoring legislation that will allow the seriously ill and suffering to use medical marijuana with their doctors’ recommendations. This bill, SB 3, exactly mirrors the medical marijuana legislation that passed the Senate 43-7 last year. I side with these compassionate senators in supporting medical marijuana legislation and I ask that you do so, too.
It is immoral to continue criminalizing seriously ill patients with multiple sclerosis, cancer, and other serious illnesses who wish to treat their debilitating symptoms with medical marijuana. Their medical use of marijuana is less of a public safety issue than is the legal, prescribed use of opiates. While more than 16,000 Americans die each year from overdosing on prescription painkillers, marijuana has never caused a fatal overdose. It’s time to give these patients a safer treatment option, which, for some, is the only thing that works.
Twenty-three states and D.C. have similar programs that are working quite well. And polls consistently show that more than 80% of us in Pennsylvania now support a medical marijuana program in the Keystone State. I respectfully request that you vote “yes” for medical marijuana at every chance you get.
There is easily more than 30 medical marijuana dispensaries in the mid city area alone. They line up each side of the streets on any main blvd like venice, la brea, washington, fairfax, the list can go on.
The influence it has on the youth is great and I as a student of a local school in mid city see the effects they have on the youth in my community first hand.
Marijuana can be acquired easily by any school student of any age in Los Angeles due to the abundance of shops that sometimes sell medical marijuana to people who aren't even registered patients and minors. Every home in the area is within walking distance from medical dispensaries. Parks and movies and more positive recreational facilities are less common compared to the number of medical marijuana shops in the city.
Medical Marijuana in Australia is an idea whose time has come. It's a frustratingly complex issue, though, since both the Commonwealth and State governments have jurisdiction. As you know, access (under medical supervision) to quality-controlled Marijuana is legal in many countries worldwide, as well as a majority of US states. But Australia remains stuck in the last century.
It is time to form together as the people of this country and demand this to go forward, if we can spread this petition and get enough signatures we can bring it to the attention of the Australian government after all of these years of trying, let's actually do it!
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia, with a reported one-third of all Australians aged 22 or older (33.5%, about 5.8 million) having tried cannabis and 1 million using it in the past year. It is estimated that 750,000 Australians use cannabis every week, and approximately 300,000 smoke it on a daily basis. Australia has one of the highest cannabis prevalence rates in the world, and Australia's indigenous population has higher levels of cannabis use.
Almost every day we hear from sufferers (usually age 50+) of cancer, glaucoma, pain and other chronic ailments -- sufferers who have become aware of Marijuana health benefits, envy its legal availability overseas, and ask us why they can't access it here without fear of fine and/or imprisonment. They're a steadily growing demographic, and we can't give them an answer. Medical Marijuana users don't even have to get "high". The most healthful way is to ingest Medical Marijuana, and in its correct doses, or which allows the patient to minimize or eliminate any unwanted Psychoactive effects of their Medicine! Which eliminates the argument of the possible harmful toxic effects from smoking Medical Marijuana.
Medical cannabis can be administered using a variety of methods, including vaporizing or smoking dried buds, eating extracts, taking capsules or using oral sprays. Synthetic cannabinoids are available as prescription drugs in some countries; examples include: dronabinol (available in the United States (US) and Canada) and nabilone (available in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom (UK), and the US). Recreational use of cannabis is illegal in most parts of the world, but the medical use of cannabis is legal in certain countries, including Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
In the US, federal law outlaws all cannabis use, while 20 states and the District of Columbia no longer prosecute individuals merely for the possession or sale of marijuana, as long as the individuals are in compliance with the state's marijuana sale regulations. However, an appeals court ruled in January 2014 that a 2007 Ninth Circuit ruling remains binding in relation to the ongoing illegality, in federal legislative terms, of Californian cannabis dispensaries, reaffirming the impact of the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Since 1972, there have been numerous proposals in the United States to remove cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the most tightly restricted category reserved for drugs which have "no currently accepted medical use". Rescheduling proponents argue that cannabis does not meet the Controlled Substances Act's strict criteria for placement in Schedule I, and therefore the government is required by law either to permit medical use or to remove the drug from federal control altogether. The government, on the other hand, maintains that cannabis is dangerous enough to merit Schedule I status. The dispute is based on differing views on how the Act should be interpreted and what kinds of scientific evidence are most relevant to the rescheduling decision.
We Believe its time Australia finally catches up with the rest of the world in regard to the Medical Benefits and fair classification of this naturally occurring plant which has been used for thousands of years by humans.
Making Medical Marijuana legal would allow the government to tax and regulate its production. Instead of wasting money on enforcement of the current laws, the Australian government would actually gain money through legalization of Medical marijuana. More importantly, it would have the ability to control growing conditions and ensure that the product is safe for consumption and be tested for pesticides and other harmful substances it may contain.
Licensing and taxing medical Marijuana suppliers and users would also provide a substantial revenue boost to the National Economy, as the US Government happily discovered after re-legalizing alcohol in 1933. In addition, growers in rural and even urban electorates would be major beneficiaries.
The sale legal sale of marijuana would be a significant financial boom, both to private citizens who choose to enter the industry and the government who can, and should, tax the use of the drug heavily. The taxes generated by legal marijuana sale would be more than enough to fully fund a thorough and expansive drug treatment program, helping those who wish to quit (marijuana and other illegal drugs) and rendering aid to those who need it.
The illegal import of drugs is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, all of the profit going to criminals, killers, and dangerous organizations. If marijuana were legalized and regulated, the marijuana black market would be entirely eliminated and the immense expenditure on both the war on drugs and the sale of drugs could be turned to far more practical applications.
The money saved on police budgeting from the war on drugs could also be more wisely spent, allowing police to focus on gangs, violence, organized crime, and the prosecution of dangerous, violent criminals. And, at last, Australian government advisory bodies and mass media are slowly and somewhat silently attempting to advocating medical Marijuana legalization.
We Say Let The people of Australia have the free right to use the naturally occurring plant Cannabis / Marijuana for medical and recreational purposes in Australia.
This is a Petition asking President Obama to do whatever he can in his ability as President of the United State to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule 1 classification as it is not a narcotic.
With Colorado and Washington both Legalizing recreational use of Marijuana: Florida could expect to see an estimate between 250 - 600 million dollars in tax revenue. Florida could also see anywhere between 30 to 75 million dollars in tax savings.
With Florida being a major tourist destination: tourists may want to take part in buying marijuana at various "shops" where they can purchase, and consume. Therefore boosting the states economy. With Florida Prisons Florida could expect to see anywhere between 500 million to 2 billion dollars in savings for prosecuting the plants legalization. The prohibition of marijuana costs tax payers an estimated 42 billion dollars annually.
In California alone: marijuana growers account for 14 billion in sales. Florida could easily double that, while putting a consumption tax on the drug (like cigarettes).While the marijuana industry accumulates 36 billion a year in the selling of it illegally: people could expect to see that number double if it were legalized. Bloomberg estimates also that marijuana legalization could be a 45 to 100 Billion dollar market. therefore boosting local economies.
Where the extra revenue can be used to create more jobs, provide government assistance to those in need, housing assistance, and medicare to the elderly in need.
Everyone who signs this petition: I strongly recommend you posting the web address to your facebook, twitter, or social media website you currently are subscribed to. The more people that see this, agree, and sign it: the better of a chance that Congress will look into this, put it on the next, presidential ballot, and get it passed. Don't put it off.
In 2014 we saw Colorado completely bring themselves out of debt just by making marijuana available for recreational use. They have received almost 30 million in taxes that has been used to fix their schools their roads and has brought so many small businesses out of a rut.
I think its time for Michigan to follow suit. Just think about it 30 million in just 1 year for the state to use to fix our roads and schools. There is so many more positive things to come out of recreational use of marijuana.
We will have so many businesses bringing jobs back to this state, and as a veteran with PTSD it would make many people like me be at ease.
YOU HAVE TO CONFIRM YOUR SIGNATURE IN THE EMAIL THE WHITE HOUSE SENDS YOU FOR IT TO BE COUNTED! If you do not click the link in the email that is sent to confirm your signature, it will not be counted and you will have wasted your time! Don't let that happen.
In addition to the petition for Full Legalization of Marijuana in the State of Texas, another petition has also been created for the Full Legalization of Marijuana in the United States of America due to overwhelming response! Will you add your name to ours? If this petition gets 100,000 signatures by February 11, 2015, the White House will review it and respond!
We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.
"Local and state authorities in Texas spent an estimated $746 million combined on arresting marijuana offenders in 2013, over 71,000 arrests in all."
That's very sad because that's a lot of wasted money and a lot of good people wasting away in jail over an herb. Our government could instead use that money to improve our state school systems or fix the pot holes on our streets so that we don't throw our Starbucks all over the headliners of our cars! It seems like the only argument authorities have as to why medicinal cannabis, or decriminalization of cannabis, should not be allowed is that it will eventually lead to full legalization.
If that is what they are concerned about, then let's go ahead and talk about that. Everyone knows that the ultimate goal of our movement is for full legalization at this point in time. To ask for legalization of a substance for medicinal use only, a substance that is used recreationally as well in equal if not much higher numbers, is not a very progressive thing to do in this day and age. The argument against approval of cannabis for medicinal use is that it will fund the illegal side of the equation, which they are correct in that some individuals will always try to take advantage of a situation if they can. That side of the equation is what has never been addressed and is not going away now or anytime in the foreseeable future.
Cannabis is a plant that has been used by many people all around the world for many different reasons for many years. People have continued to use it for years in our country, for whatever their own reasons, even though it has been deemed of no value under our current law. It continues to be used today in even greater numbers despite all of the efforts made to persecute people who choose to enjoy its many benefits.
The only solution to this problem is full legalization and regulation. If full legalization is passed our state will enjoy tremendous economic windfalls and soaring tax revenues. "Many argue that the costs of prohibition far outweigh any possible negatives of penalty reduction or legalization. A conservative estimate shows a net-gain of over $900 million from cannabis legalization."
We know our state could do a lot of good things with money that we will never see unless we stop persecuting a plant and the innocent people who have enjoyed it for thousands of years and will continue to for thousands more! As one of the greatest minds our world has ever known once said, "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." - Albert Einstein
What the Obama Administration Has to Say About Legalizing Marijuana
Texas Sheriff's Association Says They Will Fight All Marijuana Bills
Hundreds and thousands of British cancer patients have sat in an Oncologists consulting room and been told that they have a cancer that can't be treated.The prognosis is terminal and even chemotherapy would not save them.
Given this scenario of your imminent demise within weeks or a few months, it seems logical that the patients be given the right to seek an alternative means of extending their life, in such a way as not not incur costs to the State.
This petition calls for the legalization of medical cannabis for those who are told the news that there in no more conventional treatment available.
I am tired of taking pills for my medical conditions. I want and need a safer and more holistic alternative. Cannabis has been there this whole time yet it is still being kept from us.
We now know that it cures cancer, helps with epilepsy, seizures, insomnia, pain, PTSD and now even Alzheimer's. The list goes on and on.
I feel that it is my right to put on herb into my body as opposed to pharmaceuticals which are deadly. It is your right too. It is time for our government to hear us. By signing this petition you are not saying that you use marijuana (I do not use it. My doctor drug tests me to make sure I stay addicted to the pills!) you are simply saying that IT IS YOUR RIGHT to choose your medication.
Pills kill, cannabis heals. Please sign this petition and pass it around Texas to everyone you know.
Thank you. To your health! (FB "Hennie Bounds").
In this age, when it is no longer plausible to deny the psychological and physiological benefits of Marijuana, politicians and corporate interests are looking to exploit a potential resource, without redressing the injustices perpetrated against those whom have utilized Marijuana for mental and physical therapy.
In particular, Marijuana has been a fundamental religious/spiritual sacrament to those of the Rastafarian Faith. We, Rastafarians ask the global community for a show of support in our resistance against violations of our religious rights guaranteed to us by The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in hopes that all will eventually secure what is sacred and due to humanity.
Lady Buds is a secure members only organization dedicated to holistic healing and compassion and helping people live better more fulfilling lives through adult responsible and legally medially authorized use of medical marijuana.
Lady Buds does not buy or sell marijuana. Lady Buds facilitates an exchange among legally authorized medical patients who, under state law, are allowed to assist other legally authorized medical patients in the growing, processing, transportation, and delivery of medical marijuana.
The City of Black Diamond licensed Lady Buds in August 2012; the City renewed Lady Buds' license for the year 2013. Lady Buds has operated in Black Diamond for more than 1 year without generating a single complaint. Lady Buds is 100% compliant with State Law and local ordinance.
Even though Lady Buds is a law abiding facility which provides a valuable service to medical patients in Black Diamond, certain people in the Black Diamond City Government are exercising their profession al bias and prejudice and are trying to force Lady Buds out of business.
Whereas marijuana is a plant, created by God and owned by no one; and whereas the state of Georgia, at the urging of the United States federal government, has waged war on peaceful citizens for no reason other than because they consume a plant that was created by God (and owned by no one):
We call upon the State Representatives, Senate and the Governor of the State of Georgia to legalize the production and possession of marijuana by all adult citizens of this great state.
Cannabis has been used for hundreds of years for medical purposes, for mental, physical, and emotional disorders and diagnosis.
I am Clinton Roberts, I am a husband, a father, and a prior service Marine. I suffer from PTSD and chronic pain that I suffered due to my injuries that eventually I was discharged for.
The medication prescribed for my disorder includes 107 different prescription pills that have horrible side affects such as suicidal thoughts or actions, liver damage or failure, kidney damage or failure, bad dreams, nausea, more depression, and even death.
These and many more side-effects shouldn't even have to be an issue when we have something all natural, and is known for its side effects to be 100% not lethal to any consumer.
Medical Marijuana Has Many Benefits That Many people could use in this city. I've done My research and the benefits far exceed the risk. More People die every day from pill over doses that are prescribed by OUR doctors then Marijuana.
Some of the Benefits of medical Marijuana are as followed: Marijuana can be used to prevent blindness from glaucoma, Its better For your lungs then tobacco, It controls Epileptic Seizures, Cannabidiol A chemical in Marijuana Stops Cancer From Spreading, THC slows the progression of Alzheimer, The drug eases the pain of Multiple Sclerosis, It lessens side-effects from treating hepatitis C, Marijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases, It relieves arthritis discomfort. Many of these are treated by pills prescribed by doctors.
Who wants to eat pills all day long when all you need is a little medical marijuana to make the pain lessen or go away.
There are so many studies that show the great qualities of medical marijuana.
Please take the time to look at www.montelms.org/medicalmarijuana to see its affects on ms, aids, and chemotherapy.
America needs medical marijuana for our health, economic, and are rights as Americans. First is the health medical marijuana. It can help treat over 250 illnesses.
The AMA (American Medical Association) changed their view on medical marijuana and urged the feds to change marijuana out of the schedule one drugs. Proven fact: cigarettes are worse for you then marijuana yet there are still 1,016,438,356.16 cigarettes sold everyday.
Second of all is the economic benefits. The hemp that is produced by growing marijuana can be made into hundreds of items like paper and clothing and almost anything else you can think of. The government can and should tax it heavily. Legalization would open up a whole new industry along with millions of new jobs.
Last but not least is are own rights as Americans. In the case of Washington and Alaska who voted for legalization but there votes where not counted until later. The federal government is still conducting raids in states that have past there own laws. Feds still have it classified as a schedule one drug which have absolutely no medical purposes.
In the end America needs medical marijuana for its health benefits, economic benefits, and it is the right as Americans to decide that not just the politics in charge!
On June 15th, 2011 the Federal Health Minister, The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, expressed the Conservative Government’s intent to drastically change the current Medical Marijuana Access regulations, taking away the patient’s right to produce their own medicine or to have a designated person produce for them and to force them to purchase their medicine at a high cost and low quality from our government.
For the last 10 years an individual has been able to apply for a Medical Marihuana Exemption License that allows them to smoke or otherwise ingest marijuana as an alternative medicine. The licensed patient then has one of three options: To grow their own, to have someone grow for them if they are physically unable, or to purchase from Health Canada. The marijuana produced by Health Canada is of ONE strain only and produced at one facility in Saskatchewan. It is an inferior strain and is over priced and does little help with the medical needs of most patients.
The Government would have these rights stripped from the patients and their growers because of the abuse on the system by a small handful of people in the program. Instead the government would like to regulate and control the production of marijuana and tax it and supply it to patients at an inferior quality and a high price. This will be devastating to many of the sick people who depend on this program. Their quality of life will diminish and their financial situation will become grave due to the amount of money they will be forced to spend on something that grows for free in the dirt.
Now, what can WE do to stop this? We the people have until JULY 31ST to express our concerns and outrage to these proposed regulation changes! Please join me in reaching out to Leona Aqlukkaq and our Conservative Government by signing this petition!
in addition to signing this petition please feel free to visit Health Canada's website and submit your opinion via their online form submission page regarding this topic. All form submissions must be recieved no later than July 31st!
CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS PROGRAM
In November of 2010 proposition 203 was passed by the citizens of Arizona with a percentage of 51% voting YES on the legalization of Medical Marijuana in the state. Since then there has been thousands of people across the state who have spent their money on medical tests, and procuring the special licenses from the Arizona health department in order to cultivate their own plants or buy from dispensaries when they are finally set up.
Now Arizona attorney General Tom Horne has begun a lawsuit to end the legalization of Medical Marijuana that was already passed by the voters. If YOU are tired of the Politicians believing that YOUR opinion doesn't matter and YOU believe in equal rights and believe that Marijuana can be used medicinally, PLEASE sign this petition and STOP Tom Hornes' interference in a matter that was VOTED on by us, the citizens of Arizona!
It is long past time that we grow up and quit acting like reefer madness is a real result of marijuana use.
We need to release the medicine to the sick and dying, to help alleviate their suffering and to let them and their DRs decide on a plan of treatment,not the government and lobbyists.
Cancer and many other illnesses are way up and chances are you know someone or are someone who has faced this disease and know the horrific effects of the disease and current treatments. Let's put some compassion back into the healthcare system.
On university campuses, students with medical marijuana cards are unprotected; many students who live on campus do not have access to proper facilities for holding their marijuana legally because of the on-campus policies that are in effect.
This is due in part to the fact that California universities receive federal funding with the condition that they keep a "Drug-Free" campus - meaning students who use medicinal marijuana are especially targeted, despite what the state law allows.
Students with medical marijuana cards who are caught with marijuana on campus are threatened with severe punishments. For freshman and other on campus residents, they run the risk of losing their housing even for a first offense. The current policies on campus allow for residential advisors to key into rooms and invade the privacy of students in search of marijuana and paraphernalia related to its use.
Students who use marijuana for medical reasons are also faced with difficulties in regard to zoning laws. Locations are not made easily available for students to use their medicine and they risk further legal consequences by using it in those areas that surround campus and are surrounded by other Chico schools.
Colorado passed Amendment 20 legalizing the cultivation, possession, and consumtion of marijuana for private medical use. Colorado House Bill 1284, legalized the dispensary model statewide, yet left an option for municipalities to ban outright all commercial medical marijuana grow centers and dispensaries.
Medical marijuana centers provide a safe and easily accessible location for patients with a debilitating medical condition to obtain their medication for personal use. The Grand Junction City Council decided to not place this issue on the city ballot, and to vote within the council. The council has also publicly announced their ambition to place an outright ban on medical marijuana centers and dispensaries with in the city limits of Grand Junction, CO.
Banning these facilities would reduce jobs, endanger patients and cultivators, and reduce city sales tax revenue.
For over a year now the Humboldt County Collective has been attempting to legally open a medical marijuana collective in hopes of providing safe acess to all 215 patients in the area.
Although we have been complying with all laws while working side by side with the Humboldt Planning Commission, we have met some opposition.
We ask for our community's support in opening Humboldt County's first legal collective.
Respectfully, to the Legislative Assembly,
Heavy cannabis users may be at greater risk of chronic lung disease - including cancer - compared to tobacco smokers, studies suggest. This has been one of the arguments against marijuana use.
As a patient, that is concerning. Marijuana is a very effective medicinal tool for those who are unable to either tolerate conventional medicines or find conventional drugs ineffective. For those of us, where marijuana is our medicine, we should have the safest delivery of it.
Countless studies have been done on the Volcano Vaporizer and is proven to be the most effective appliance available.
Medical conditions that require specialized equipment are covered by the government. Our medical requirements are equally as important.
The registration database of medical marijuana patients in the State of Hawaii is currently located with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Narcotics Enforcement Division. In July of 2008 the Department of Public Safety released the entire database contents including the names, addresses, grow locations, physicians, and medical condition to a Big Island reporter thereby proving itself unreliable in overseeing this confidential information.
Since medical marijuana is currently illegal under federal regulations and medical marijuana patients live in fear of federal prosecution, it does not make sense that the registration database is in the hands of any form of law enforcement.
Because of the confidential medical contents of the database, the Department of Health should be in charge of this registry.
The Honolulu Police Department does not currently have a concise written policy concerning medical marijuana, which leaves gray areas in the interpretation of the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Law.
The Hawaii County Police Department adopted a written medical marijuana policy which leaves little room for doubt when it comes to medical marijuana, and affords the patients the protection that the medical marijuana law intended.
The Hawaii County Police Department medical marijuana policy can be viewed by visiting their website: http://www.hawaiipolice.com/misc/medical_mj_rules.htm
Municipal and state law enforcement officers are sworn to uphold Hawaii State Law and not federal law. The Hawaii Medical Marijuana law is in conflict with federal law and confuses law enforcement officers as to which laws they should enforce and uphold.
The California Attorney General issued a statement which alleviated this confusion within California by stating that California Law Enforcement officers were to uphold State Law and local ordinances and not federal law.
Local and state law enforcement officers are hired to enforce local and state laws. Federal laws are not their concern. Only federal law enforcement officers should be enforcing federal laws. For this reason, local and state law enforcement officers should take no part in enforcing federal laws, which include assisting the DEA on their raids of medical cannabis patients.
In the Hawaii Region of Kaiser Permanente, physicians are not allowed to recommend medical marijuana for their patients by regional policy. If the same person were a member of Kaiser in either California or Colorado, their physicians would be able to recommend medical marijuana if they feel it is needed.
In Hawaii, Kaiser members are receiving a different standard of medical care than their counterparts in California and Colorado receive. The members physician that normally treats the patient for their condition is the best person to determine if the patient would benefit from treatments including medical marijuana.
Several studies conducted by Kaiser Permenente themselves have proven the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana, yet the Hawaii Region members are being treated unfairly and denied access to appropriate medical care.
Hawaii passed the Medical Marijuana law in 2000, but has never set up a safe and legal way for the patients in Hawaii to receive their medication. Medical marijuana patients are required to risk their personal safety by obtaining their medication through the black market.
Acts of violence including the murder of Ken Gorman, a medical marijuana patient in Denver Colorado, and the murders of as many as 19 other legal medical marijuana providers around the country are ever present when patients are forced to grow their medicine in their homes, or visit often-violent street drug dealers to obtain their medication.
Schedule I is the only category of controlled substances that may not be prescribed by a physician. Under 21 U.S.C. § 812b, drugs must meet three criteria in order to be placed in Schedule I:
* The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
* The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
* There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
In 1970, Congress placed cannabis into Schedule I on the advice of Assistant Secretary of Health Roger O. Egeberg. His letter to Harley O. Staggers, Chairman of the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, indicates that the classification was intended to be provisional:
Dear Mr. Chairman: In a prior communication, comments requested by your committee on the scientific aspects of the drug classification scheme incorporated in H.R. 18583 were provided. This communication is concerned with the proposed classification of marijuana.
It is presently classed in schedule I(C) along with its active constituents, the tetrahydrocannibinols and other psychotropic drugs.
Some question has been raised whether the use of the plant itself produces "severe psychological or physical dependence" as required by a schedule I or even schedule II criterion. Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule I at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue. If those studies make it appropriate for the Attorney General to change the placement of marijuana to a different schedule, he may do so in accordance with the authority provided under section 201 of the bill. . .
Sincerely yours, (signed) Roger O. Egeberg, M.D.
The reference to "certain studies" is to the then-forthcoming National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. In 1972, the Commission released a report favoring decriminalization of cannabis. The Richard Nixon administration took no action to implement the recommendation, however. A protracted struggle ensued in which cannabis reform activists began working through all three branches of government to reschedule the drug.