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later backed that statement, saying "Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws.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

Jan 21, 2018 Perlita Schubert
Jan 20, 2018 John Heckler
Jan 20, 2018 TERRY DEAN
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) please legalize marjuana!
Jan 20, 2018 Dana Kinsey Marijuana should be legalized and taxed. It has been proven to have many more beneficial sides that detrimental. Come out of the dark ages.
Jan 20, 2018 Louise Copegog
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 karen stickney
Jan 20, 2018 Fran Muilenburg This needs to be done.
Jan 20, 2018 Julie Lew
Jan 20, 2018 Phyllis Gerritsen Please keep it legal and only for medical purpose.
Jan 20, 2018 Barb Footit
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 Stacy Mahan I was a cancer patient and if it helps with pain then give it to the person.
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 Teresa Cruz-Wortman
Jan 20, 2018 Kelley Merrell I know a lot of people who use, and it helps tremendously
Jan 20, 2018 Lisa Copeland
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) I hope no one in the government or their families ever need medical marijuana.
Jan 20, 2018 Patricia Kephart Think of the many who benefit from this treatment. Have some compassion.
Jan 20, 2018 Refhan İrtem
Jan 20, 2018 Amanda Brooks
Jan 20, 2018 Susie Schneider
Jan 20, 2018 Olivia Ponto
Jan 20, 2018 JACQUELINE Murray
Jan 19, 2018 Lori Stevens
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) marijuana is helping with my chemo and if you have ever had a disease that can be controled by something more natural than pharma I need this
Jan 18, 2018 janice eakle
Jan 18, 2018 Elizabeth Steigerwalt
Jan 18, 2018 Barbara Snyder
Jan 18, 2018 Rosemary Murray
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) I am in constant pain & rather take the limited about of pain meds that I can I would prefer cannabis in one for or another !
Jan 18, 2018 Lisa Chadwick
Jan 18, 2018 Heather Jackson Keep it legal for us cancer paitents
Jan 18, 2018 Jennifer Schonberger
Jan 18, 2018 Judine Brown Please don't overlook the countless people that this helps with pain, nausea, weight gain etc. just because you want to erase Obama's work. Think if it were your family member. Wouldn't you want to ensure their comfort?
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Beth Arbogast I have RA, Fibromyalgia and systematic Lupus edibles help me so much with pain and to be able to sleep. We all would benefit with it becoming legal.
Jan 18, 2018 Gregg Piller Trump is a douche who doesn’t get it and neither do his good old boy cabinet members who probably do all sorts of illegal drugs on the side when nobody’s looking.
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Erin Olander
Jan 18, 2018 Zoe Spiropoulou
Jan 18, 2018 Kathy Murray
Jan 18, 2018 Tammy Bartlett
Jan 11, 2018 Amber Greenwood
Jan 9, 2018 Debra Spann-Horne
Jan 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 7, 2018 thomas friedman
Jan 6, 2018 Sarah Robbins

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