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Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. It contains various active compounds known as cannabinoids that have been shown to relieve pain, lower inflammation, decrease anxiety, and more [1]. It's been studied for patients with nausea, vomiting, other cancer therapy side effects, and cancer symptoms. There is also evidence to suggest cannabis may kill or slow the growth of certain cancer cells [2].

The possession of cannabis is currently illegal by federal law except for approved research purposes, but many states have legalized its use for medicinal purposes and even—in a few locations—recreational purposes [3].

During his campaign, President Trump called for a laissez-faire approach to the marijuana issue, claiming that the states would oversee its legalization and regulation if he were elected president [3].

Now the Trump administration seems to have changed its plan. White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said that he expects the government to boost the enforcement of drug laws in the near future, and attorney General Jeff Sessions later backed that statement, saying "Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws. So yes, we will enforce the law in an appropriate way nationwide" [4].

But despite the concern about the potential misuse of marijuana, studies in the states that have legalized it show that it is safer than prescription drugs for pain management and results in far fewer overdoses [5].

A national poll also found that 54 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana across the country, and a whopping 89 percent said marijuana should at least be legal for medicinal purposes [6]. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and other supporters of marijuana legalization say backing out of this "experiment" now will cause nothing but conflict [7].

Sign the petition to tell President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the potential benefits presented by marijuana far outweigh the risks and that the ability to legalize marijuana should belong to the states so that more people can have access to this effective tool for pain management and disease treatment.

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Dear President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions,

Despite the countless studies showing the safety and effectiveness of marijuana as a medicinal product, you have called for enforcement of the federal law against it. Despite the overwhelming number of people who agree cannabis should be allowed for medical purposes at the very least, you have decided your opinions matter more.

Your opinion does not matter more than the American people's. You do not have the right to tell those with cancer, chronic pain, and other health conditions that your concerns about the risks matter more than their health.

We will not stand for an administration that claims to agree with the majority of the nation and then enforces a law only a small minority supports. We will fight for the right to choose to legalize marijuana at the state level.

Marijuana has been proven as an effective pain-management tool. We demand that the ability to legalize it be given to the states so that more Americans can have safe and legal access to this life-changing and potentially life-saving drug.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 19, 2018 BRENDA ELGAR
Apr 19, 2018 Shemky Seay
Apr 18, 2018 Elaine Cheney
Apr 18, 2018 Veronica Puebla-Richardson
Apr 18, 2018 nicole bowlin cannabis should be allowed for medical purposes at the very least, you have decided your opinions matter more.
Apr 17, 2018 anita brewer marijuana is working good for cancer people.
Apr 17, 2018 Haley Lavris
Apr 17, 2018 Carolyn Riddle
Apr 17, 2018 Sandra Buras
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) Just completed 18 weeks of chemo and 30 radiation treatments. I am for anything that prevents or helps with the horrible disease of cancer.
Apr 17, 2018 Sujany Paniagua
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) I support medical marijuana 100% . If it helps cancer patients then it should be legal . Life should be made easier for them not harder . My aunt has breast cancer so if she chooses to use marijuana to help her I want it available.
Apr 17, 2018 Carmelle Anaya
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) If it helps with cancer, anxiety, depression. I am for it.
Apr 17, 2018 Rita White
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) if it helps with cancer. bring it on
Apr 17, 2018 dolores James I do not approve the use of marijuana for recreation but I do think it helps many with certain health conditions. It should be legal for medicinal purposes only.
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) It should be legalized NOW
Apr 17, 2018 Deborah Hill
Apr 17, 2018 Isabel Silva
Apr 17, 2018 Carol Brazee
Apr 17, 2018 Toni Voelpel
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Elizabeth Bradbury
Apr 15, 2018 Peggy Thomas
Apr 15, 2018 Joelle Stuart
Apr 15, 2018 Zoraida Otero It help me with my pain
Apr 15, 2018 Lucie Tissot
Apr 15, 2018 Rena Curry Please leave this legal medical help legal and up to the states. People with cancer need all the help they can get. Please understand the medicinal properties and thr the need of so many
Apr 15, 2018 Betty Harvey
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Brian Reynolds
Apr 15, 2018 effie tsimiklis
Apr 15, 2018 Josef Vogler
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Keep it going
Apr 13, 2018 Michelle Hiseley
Apr 13, 2018 Lydia Martinez
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please....
Apr 13, 2018 Patti Bailley
Apr 13, 2018 Ara and Sheryl Stepanian
Apr 13, 2018 kathleen shrider The American people have spoken, Mr. President & the legalization of medicinal marijuana is of utmost importance to those of us who depend on it to ease the pain & suffering due to illness and/or injury. Please keep your promise & allow states to decide.
Apr 13, 2018 Giovanna Martinez
Apr 13, 2018 Samantha Honowitz
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Ann Schmitt
Apr 13, 2018 Stephanie Buzzell

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