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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later backed that statement, saying "Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws.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.


Petition Signatures

Feb 16, 2018 Davor Maznik
Feb 15, 2018 Janice Wolfe
Feb 15, 2018 shelley batti
Feb 13, 2018 Tina Johnson
Feb 12, 2018 Patricia Herron
Feb 12, 2018 Susan Fisher
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) I use it for cancer to be able to sleep and my PTSD don't touch what isn't yours
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) We need cannabis to be legal in every state especially for those who need it for pain and everyday relief from an terminal illness that the person can not get pain relief from other pain medications... Utah needs to get it legalized for the people who nee
Feb 12, 2018 Valerie Levy
Feb 12, 2018 Susan Hinckley-Porter
Feb 12, 2018 Joyce Cooke I have a medical marijuana card which my oncologist gave me , he and I support the card being a cancer patient, I think it's great it helps me with my chemo . Keeps my pain in check and helps when I don't want to eat. We need this. Please . Thanks
Feb 12, 2018 Michele Covert
Feb 12, 2018 Starr Morgan
Feb 12, 2018 Karla Blohm
Feb 12, 2018 Maria Lucad
Feb 12, 2018 pamela ash we need medical marijuana legal.. It helps many with cancer, chronic pain and many other health problems. please legalize medical marijuana.
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Mary Carollene Moon
Feb 12, 2018 Sandra Kearney
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop taking away things that work and leaving more addicts in your wake.
Feb 12, 2018 Whitney Tucker
Feb 12, 2018 Angie Gomez
Feb 11, 2018 Alice Lemon
Feb 11, 2018 Rachel Whitaker
Feb 11, 2018 Kari Lindewirth
Feb 10, 2018 koenraad seminck
Feb 10, 2018 Tricia Kob
Feb 10, 2018 Doris Tanner
Feb 10, 2018 Opal Skaggs I think that if it can help one person from suffering, it's worth it. I also believe that it would have been legalized a long time ago if not for the big pharmaceutical companies and the love of the almighty dollar.
Feb 10, 2018 Erin Tomerlin It is ridiculous to have a naturally grown substance be illegal that can have medical benefits.
Feb 10, 2018 Eleonor Suarez I am a very sick woman that is on eleven medications. If this can help me eliminate all other medications, then I am for it.
Feb 10, 2018 Margherita Pinto
Feb 10, 2018 Loren Romano This should be a no brainer - this helps people with easing pain of horrible diseases and ailments. funny how they don't think twice about pumping people with big pharma drugs with tons of side effects.
Feb 10, 2018 Marcia McKenney
Feb 10, 2018 Mary Hughes
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 laura meyers
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 Cheri Downer
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Lynette Stiemsma
Feb 8, 2018 Sheri Lagrave
Feb 8, 2018 Stacey Price
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Rita Leone
Feb 8, 2018 Linda Schott
Feb 8, 2018 Cathy Eccles
Feb 8, 2018 Tish Gay

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