Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on too much. Health Care, Immigration, Gay Rights, Planned Parenthood. Things get a little testy when any of these, or several other hot button issues come up. But at least one issue is making progress on both sides of the aisle. And since we’re a website that does news stories about concentrates and weed, you might have guessed what it is… It’s weed.
A bipartisan bill introduced to the House of Representatives last week would, if passed, federally legalize cannabidiol. This would be a huge release to patients in weed-dark states suffering from any one of the many illnesses and symptoms shown to be treated by CBD, including some kinds of cancer, seizure disorders, arthritis, and anxiety.
Called the Compassionate Access Act, the legislation was submitted by Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) and Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia). The main goal of the act is to reschedule cannabis from the controlled substance designation of a Schedule I designation to the much less severe Schedule II classification, allowing patients and caregivers to apply marijuana medicinally without having to worry about the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“There are countless reports of marijuana’s medicinal benefits in treating conditions including cancer, epilepsy, and glaucoma,” said Griffith. “It is time to research this further, and, where legal, to allow real doctors and real pharmacists to prescribe or dispense marijuana for legitimate medical reasons for real patients.”
Like the Senate’s CARERS ACT, which would similarly reclassify marijuana, making it more accessible for medical needs and out of bounds for the DEA, the Compassionate Access Act is co-sponsored by Democratic and Republican politicians. CARERS was submitted last month by Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Kirsten Gillibrand (D- New York), and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).
The House Compassionate Access Act has already received support from two major medical societies, the American Academy of Neurology and the Epilepsy Foundation.
“Well over one million patients are currently benefiting from the medical use of marijuana in consultation with a physician and in accordance with state law,” Blumenauer said. “Yet, all forms of marijuana use remain illegal at the federal level, classified as severely as heroin under the Controlled Substances Act. This makes no sense.”