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10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.

Patients Are Relying on Congress to Reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr Medical Marijuana Amendment

Steph Sherer | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take part in a "marijuana vote-a-rama" of sorts, with several amendments to dealing with marijuana to be offered on the floor during the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.

Congress Should End Medical Marijuana Gag Order on V.A. Doctors

Steph Sherer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Under V.H.A. Directive 2011-004, V.A. physicians are explicitly forbidden from being able to offer their medical opinion about whether a veteran patient might benefit from participating in a state medical marijuana program. Veterans who served their country with honor deserve equal access to state medical marijuana programs.

Medical Marijuana Is on Every Ballot This Election

Steph Sherer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

As interesting as it is to see which parts of the country will be the next to reform their marijuana laws, the reality is that every candidate on every ballot represents a chance to vote on medical marijuana.

The Legacy of Medical Marijuana Advocate Jim Greig (1951-2014)

Steph Sherer | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

It was like any other conversation we had ever had, except for when timelines entered the conversation, and we knew he would not live to see his strategy play out.

Dem Leader Under Fire From Medical Marijuana Supporters

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., June 10 (Reuters) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who heads the U.S. Democratic...

Matt Ferner

New Ads Target Members Of Congress Who Opposed Medical Marijuana Measure | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

Medical marijuana advocates are turning up the heat on House lawmakers who last week voted against an amendment to block the Drug Enforcement Administ...

Navigating Medical Marijuana in the Mainstream: Advocates Return to D.C. This Weekend

Steph Sherer | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Legal access to medical cannabis has been supported by the American public for decades, and it is the law in 20 states and D.C., but this issue can be complex, and successfully navigating it requires a clear understanding of where we've been, what we know, and where we want to go.

Why the NFL Should Embrace Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Sports
Steph Sherer

The following is an open letter to the two most powerful people in football to explain why and to provide policy suggestions they should consider when drafting the new NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.

Consensus Among World's Leading Experts: Marijuana Is a Botanical Medicine!

Steph Sherer | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Certainly, restoring its classification will mean much for all of us who depend on medical cannabis for our well-being -- expanded research and medical acceptance, improved quality assurance and better consistency for our medicine.

When It Comes to Marijuana Policy, Washington State Needs to Put Health Before Happy Hour

Steph Sherer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

These would seem to be good times to be a medical cannabis advocate. But what is unfolding in Washington State is weighing on me.

Medical Marijuana Patients Need Protection NOT Policy Rhetoric. Will Congress Step Up?

Steph Sherer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

The principles of good faith, fair play and common decency dictate that based on these facts, DOJ owes the state of Washington, and other similarly affected states like California, Montana, and Michigan, a period of time to bring state laws in compliance with the second Cole Memo.

Can Dr. Sanjay Gupta Teach Obama How to Say Sorry for His War on Medical Cannabis?

Steph Sherer | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

It's no mistake that Dr. Gupta, a neurosurgeon by profession and one-time candidate for U.S. Surgeon General, has radically changed his position on medical cannabis.

New Report Finds Obama Spends $180K Per Day Undermining State Medical Marijuana Laws

Steph Sherer | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

It's not simply a battle of politics and laws that takes place in legislatures and courtrooms. It is a war that is being waged in our neighborhoods on a daily basis, adversely affecting millions of people every year, and costing the U.S. taxpayers hundreds of million dollars.

Report Details Shocking Cost Of Medical Marijuana Crackdown

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Luke Johnson | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

An analysis from pro-medical marijuana group Americans For Safe Access found that President Barack Obama's administration has spent nearly $300 millio...

Matt Sledge

Medical Marijuana Case May Head Back To Court | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A medical marijuana group filed a petition on Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asking for a do-...

Another Reminder of Why Changes in Medical Marijuana Policy Can't Wait

Steph Sherer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Earlier this week, while more than 200 citizen lobbyists were meeting face-to-face with their Congressional legislators in Washington, D.C. to change federal policy on medical cannabis, a series of events occurred in Florida, making that state the next political battleground on this issue.

You Have Cancer; Go to Congress -- The Battle for Safe Access to Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Most Americans see the battle of medical cannabis from a distance as a ping-pong game of excuses from the federal government to deny patients access to cannabis for therapeutic use. But for millions of Americans, issues surrounding medical cannabis affect their daily lives.

Lucia Graves

Father Of String Theory Talks Weed | Lucia Graves | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

A medical marijuana conference planned for next week will feature not just activists and politicians, but John Schwarz, a theoretical physics professo...

Ryan Grim

Medical Marijuana Teams Up With Big Herb | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following two years of collaboration with the medical marijuana industry, the American Herbal Products Association said Thursday that it...

Marijuana Still A 'Dangerous Drug With No Accepted Medical Use'

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a petition to reclassify marijuana from its current federal status as a dangerous drug with no ...

Medical Marijuana Advocates Want Drug Reclassified

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court in Washington is considering whether marijuana should be reclassified from its current status as a dangerous dru...

Lucia Graves

Medical Marijuana Advocates To Court: Drug Enforcement Administration 'Acted Arbitrarily' | Lucia Graves | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Drug Enforcement Administration "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" in denying a petition to reclassify cannabis as a less harmful ...

Lucia Graves

Federal Court To Mull Marijuana As Medicine | Lucia Graves | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

It started with a coalition of disgruntled Americans, then a handful of governors took up the cause last year, and now -- for the first time in nearly...

Why Medical Marijuana Patients Are Protesting at Obama's Campaign Headquarters Today

Steph Sherer | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Today medical marijuana patients rally to wake up Obama and wake up his supporters. We want the President to apply his campaign slogan "forward" to medical cannabis: it is popular, it is good medicine, and it is good policy.