Virginia Congressman Introduces Federal Bill to Reschedule Cannabis

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Virginia Congressman Introduces Federal Bill to Reschedule Cannabis

Compelled by news of constituents having to move out-of-state to seek medical cannabis, Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith introduced a bill ebuds - sfgatearlier this week that would reschedule cannabis on a federal level, reducing it from a Schedule 1 controlled substance to Schedule 2, and would grant states with medical cannabis laws federal protection.

H. R. 4498, the Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act, is intended “To provide for the legitimate use of medicinal marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States,” by both rescheduling cannabis to a classification that concedes there is medical use for the plant (Schedule 1 substances are considered to have no known medical value), and establishing protections for people authorized under state laws to possess, grow and use medical cannabis.

Simple and succinct, the bill is just under 4 pages long, and reads almost in its entirety as such:

In a State in which marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for medical use under applicable State law, no provision of the Controlled Substances Act or of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict—

(A) the prescription of marijuana by a physician for medical use;

(B) an individual who is an authorized patient from obtaining, possessing, transporting within the individual’s State, or using marijuana for that individual’s medical use;

(C) an individual authorized under State law to obtain, possess, transport within their State, or manufacture marijuana, from obtaining, possessing, transporting within that State, or manufacturing marijuana pursuant to that authorization; or

(D) a pharmacy or other entity authorized under State law to distribute medical marijuana to an authorized patient, from obtaining or possessing marijuana for that purpose, or from distributing marijuana to an authorized patient for medical use.

No provision of the Controlled Substances Act or of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict an entity authorized by a State, in which marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for medical use, for the purpose of producing marijuana for prescription by a physician for medical use, from producing, processing, or distributing marijuana for such purpose.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce;  anyone interested in contacting committee members to encourage them to support this measure can do so by calling (202) 225-2927.

– TheJointBlog

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  • Rev Ginamarie Pezzi
    April 30, 2014

    It is a good start

  • George
    April 30, 2014

    Please help get this legalized for medical use for we who are on high dose pain killers need something that does the job with out all those side affects of the hydrocodone and zanax’s, Marijuana is not addicting at all and the pills are highly addicted, Marijuana works better than sleeping pills and without the side affects.

  • Deborah Emerick
    April 30, 2014

    I support the bill to legalized marijuana for medical ue for those who are on high dose pain killers without the side affects of the hydrocodones. I’ve seen very negative violent side affects from family on hydrocodones and makes
    it very difficult for family to help them when so violent. unsafe conditions even for trained medical personnel.

    I am hopeful that the correct decision will be made for those in need of pain meds.

  • Shawn aka HIASFCK
    April 30, 2014

    I back the change.

  • herbwarrior420
    April 30, 2014

    what does a committee on energy and commerce has to do with medical and medicinal medication???? no wonder they sayin there is only a 11% of it passing the committee and moving to the house. Hopefully we get a list of WHO IS ON THE COMMITTEE with elections in Nov so we the people can decide if the voters on the committee voted yea or nay on passing it and sending it to the house so we can decide if they get re-elected or we elect a PRO-WEED politician

  • Anonymous
    May 1, 2014

    Legalize and tax like beer wine and all alcohol and tobacco products.

  • RMForbes
    May 5, 2014

    Organic THC needs to be moved to Schedule III where synthetic THC has already been moved so that big pharma could sell their Marinol in US markets. The slang expression marijuana does not belong in the Controlled Substances Act at all because the actual drugs produced by the resin glands of cannabis plants are called cannabinoids. THC and CBD are some of the real cannabinoid drugs found in cannabis resins and if the government believe cannabinoids need to be controlled they should make laws about that but they shouldn’t use slang terms in the laws that were created to villianize the entire genus of cannabis plants over seven decades ago.

  • Doc Deadhead
    May 21, 2014

    This is not good, according to this bill the government can “dispense” from authorized pharmacies. We all know what that will end up as….schwag pot dispensed for 40 bucks a gram from 4 pharmacies in the entire state. Back to the underground!

    Don’t let the concept blind you of the wording!

    Unless the bill is worded correctly it may strip away any reasonable access.

    Read the bills and address your Senators about the wording.

  • John Gardens
    May 23, 2014

    Doc Deadhead, don’t be silly. Here’s the text of the bill…

    Every existing state dispensary, coop, etc. is safe, way more than they were before.

    We, as in the collective of conscientious marijuana users, need to rally behind this thing.

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