Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Introduced in U.S. House
Representative Scott Perry, a Republican from Pennsylvania, introduced the Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 on Monday, a federal proposal to legalize medical cannabis oil that’s low in the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although the measure is clearly limited in what it would do and the type of reform it would bring, its passage would mark the first time the federal government has altered their law in admittance that cannabis has medical value.
The bill is named after Charlotte Figi, a young girl from Colorado whose parents have been campaigning nationwide for easier access to medical cannabis after it successfully controlled their daughter’s seizures (she used cannabis oil).
This year alone, numerous states – including Kentucky, Iowa, Florida and Alabama – have approved measures legalizing low-THC, high-CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis (and/or cannabis extracts) for medical purposes. This new measure would do just that, but throughout the United States. The bill would amend the U.S. Controlled Substances Act to explicitly allow for the use of low-THC cannabis oil, when its recommended by a physician.
“No one should face a choice of having their child suffer or moving to Colorado and splitting up their family,” says Representative Perry. “We live in America, and if there’s something that would make my child better, and they can’t get it because of the government, that’s not right.”