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later backed that statement, saying "Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws.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

Apr 25, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Patty Millspaugh
Apr 23, 2018 Jeniffer Hullinger I suffer from severe chronic pain. I have had to take methadone for the last 15 years. Even though marijuana is safer, I don't have that option in Utah, all states need to legalize
Apr 23, 2018 John Baughman
Apr 23, 2018 Robert Rogan
Apr 23, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Apr 22, 2018 Jodi Kaye
Apr 22, 2018 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Denise Griffin
Apr 21, 2018 Deni Gereighty
Apr 21, 2018 Amber Williams
Apr 21, 2018 Tonya Poore
Apr 21, 2018 Patricia Hackney
Apr 21, 2018 Debz Robinson
Apr 21, 2018 Kathleen Keske
Apr 21, 2018 Lens Lucas
Apr 21, 2018 Brad Chaffe
Apr 21, 2018 Loraine Lindsey
Apr 21, 2018 Helle Mikkelsen
Apr 21, 2018 ana cruz
Apr 21, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 21, 2018 Lynn Schweizer Please legalize medical marijuana so those who can benefit will have access as it is more safe than some of the prescribed opiates on the market today.
Apr 21, 2018 Tony Camuti
Apr 21, 2018 Marina Batchaeva Marina Batchaeva
Apr 20, 2018 Susanna Stone
Apr 20, 2018 Judith Champion
Apr 20, 2018 cindy jefferys
Apr 20, 2018 Elizabeth Crawford
Apr 20, 2018 Michelle Massey It’s a plant! That is very beneficial for those in need!
Apr 20, 2018 David Crawford
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Nancy Orhun
Apr 20, 2018 Roberta R Czarnecki
Apr 20, 2018 Brenda Thompson
Apr 20, 2018 Cara Konopacki It’s HIGH time marijuana was legalized!!!!
Apr 20, 2018 Nathalie Clyne
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 deb padilla
Apr 20, 2018 Sheila Gibson
Apr 20, 2018 Jennifer Arnold
Apr 20, 2018 Paul Norup
Apr 20, 2018 Carolyn Baker
Apr 20, 2018 Andrea Giolli
Apr 20, 2018 Janice Goff
Apr 20, 2018 sarah stevens
Apr 20, 2018 Laurie Rowan
Apr 20, 2018 Joan Sadlo

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