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New Federal Bill May Legalize Some Strains

A flowering plant of Hashberry, one of the strains that may be legalized.
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New Federal Bill May Legalize Some Strains

Although there have been major milestones in the political realm of cannabis legislation, there are still many patients throughout the country that are routinely denied access to non-pharmaceutical medication to help relieve their symptoms. Less than half of the states in the U.S. have approved the use of medical marijuana (with many opting for the CBD-only route) leaving sufferers outside of these sanctioned regions with very few options — either move to more lenient states or illegally medicate.

On Monday, Representative Scott Perry plans to introduce a bill that would amend the Controlled Substances Act by removing plants with very low THC — less than 0.3 percent, to be exact — from the list of harmful substances and change the federal marijuana policy to allow people to legally medicate themselves.

The Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 would essentially decriminalize the use of non-psychoactive cannabis for therapeutic treatment of seizures, nausea, pain and other symptoms that prescription drugs fail to effectively alleviate without a variety of unpleasant side effects.

The name of the bill was inspired by Charlotte Figi, a 7-year-old with a rare type of epilepsy, whose violent seizures were controlled by regular doses of cannabis oil. Her parents campaigned nationwide to spread awareness of the healing qualities of cannabis and inspire politicians to allow patients to have easier access to their medicine.

“It’s a huge day, we’re celebrating, we’re very excited,” Charlotte’s mother, Paige Figi, said. “It’s a step in the right direction — it’s not full medical, but the success we’ve had in showing this is a working therapy, state to state, has come through and now federally they are taking notice.”

Smoking, edibles and other forms of cannabis with high THC content are not included in the bill.

What do you think about this proposed bill? What are your thoughts on CBD-only legislation?

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Tracy

    August 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I live in Idaho, have suffered debilitating fibromyalgia since the early 90’s and have to break the law to get relief that won’t destroy what’s left of my liver. Alcohol and pills destroy the liver and pot??? All they can say is that it kills brain cells. I kill more brain cells breathing at a stoplight than smoking. I don’t get relief from stoplights but I definitely do from cannabis. And it is rated more dangerous than Cocaine. HELLO??? EINSTEIN! It is just about time to pull heads out of butts and LEGALIZE.

  2. Noah

    August 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

    It’s strict, but what a giant step for mankind! Unconditional legalization isn’t popular enough with lawmakers, I suppose.

    • Noah

      August 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

      *leap.
      A giant leap for mankind.

  3. Ameliya Dukre

    August 8, 2014 at 8:21 am

    And how many of those who actually helped cannabis, while not violating the psyche? Or marijuana is not a harmful effect on the psyche?

  4. steven fink

    August 2, 2014 at 7:14 am

    i have been diagnosed with epelepsy since i was 16 years old every singe medicine i have taken just made it worse i made it to the age of 25 i feel i’m about to have a ceaser so i smoke a piece of a dooby and guess what i’m calm cool and collected for the remainder of the night since the age of 25 i have not had any kind of ceaser for the last 4 or 5 years

  5. Brandi

    August 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I think low THC cannabis should be legal for every one who are 21 year or older. I’m worried the higher THC cannabis mixed with alcohol or getting crossed faded as the children calls it could be a problem for everyone. I would make it where only collectives and maybe smoke shops are allowed to sale it. I think any place that sales alcohol should not be allowed to sale cannabis. It just to easy for our young people to get cross-faded. Just food for thought.

    • porker

      October 1, 2014 at 4:59 am

      I a person wants to get “cross faded” who am I to get laws passed on others freedoms?
      worried bout yer kids?? simple,raise them.
      R`

  6. Kimmo

    August 1, 2014 at 5:19 am

    As a RSD patient, I need alternatives to pain meds as now I’m tolerate again. This is natural and won’t poison my liver like pills do. Give everyone a chance to try it!

    • Jeff Ely

      August 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Right there with you on the RSD! Defiantly helps us for sure!

  7. jacob ward

    August 1, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Unfortunately I live in a state that is legal for medical but it’s so hard to get a prescription for it for my chronic back pain I have three ruptured discs in my neck and cannabis helps so much !!!

  8. Jesse

    July 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I mean Seriously, make a pros&cons list in your head& there are almost no cons& all pros.you can’t die from smoking it but it’s still a schedule 1 narcotic?!wtf but yet it’s still illegal.this plant is literally a miracle plant& we need to legalize now! Enough bullshit already!

  9. Anthony Albuquerque

    July 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I think they should just fully legalize all marijuana strains no matter the thc level and for anybpdy who wants to use it alcohol and tobacco are legal substances which both cause se rious healthe risk and claim many lives annually.Weed hasnt been proven to do any harm to the body the smoming probably isnt best choice nothing besides oxygen Iis good for youre lungs but still…

  10. Suzanne nicoson

    July 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    My husband has seizures and marijuana helps him a lot. If he smokes on a daily basis he doesn’t have seizures. I have chronic pain and if I smoke I don’t need my pain meds.

  11. Mousey

    July 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Medicinal marihuana helps with PTSD/anxiety/depression and helps me see better calms the rapid movement of my eyes where. Other medicines have failed. As a disabled veteran I was in chronic pain and another veteran suggested marihuana and the best part no side effects. I should have stayed in NY. GOVERNMENT always wants to capitalize for $$ well tax and make it legal and the economy shall improve. LEGALIZE YES

  12. Ricky Ableidinger

    July 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I struggle with Cronic Pain ,ulseritive colitice-Stomach pain,Major Deppresion and intolerable Back Pain.I Do NOT live in a stste where Medical Cannabis is Legal so I do not Know what Strain is the best for my Issues. I have had to get by mostly without Cannabis, but when I have had the chance to visit where it is Legal it DID HELP me cope and I was able to take less Pain Meds and even less Anti depression meds. While I was visiting my mood was a lot better and I don’t even know what kind the Cannabis was in the edibles,but it was the most Amazing tasting Bread I have ever tasted. the other thing I tried was Cannabis infused Chocolate, it was very effective. I hope that the state i live in will change the outdated Marijuana Laws soon. It is a bit disturbing that in 23 states LEGALIZED MEDICAL CANNABIS,but the other states do not offer STRUGGLING Patients the same Choice as Medication.

  13. Andrew

    July 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I believe that cannabis in general should be legalized not just the legalization of the plants that have a low thc level. If the federal government is just realizing this then they need to really look into it and they’ll c that it’s not jus the cannabis with the low levels of thc it’s all cannabis that is useful weather you smoke it, eat it in an edible, or use it in an oil.

  14. Troy nicosob

    July 31, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I also have seizures and marina does help I have a lot less seizures when I regularly smoke marijuana my wife has witnessed it first hand that it really helps seizures

  15. Cesario Ortiz

    July 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I think they should just legalize cannabis in general, tax it and help out America. Legalizing and taxing cannabis can be one if the easiest ways to pull our country out of debit, it would free up prison cells for those who really need to be incarcerated.

  16. nick glass

    July 31, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This is a great achievement but also a very big slap in the face. Corperation funders can profit $$$ from it now put people can’t have the natural profit the plants them self contain.

  17. mary ellen bonifield

    July 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

    About time to just end the fraudulent prohibition and focus on the real drug problem-BIG PHATMA!

  18. Todd brasseaux

    July 31, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I have muscular dysterfery and smoking helps with pain seizures depression and a few other things the pills make me fell worset the cannabus helps so much but I live in Louisiana still medical weed is not legal please let’s keep pushing to get this done

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