Medical Marijuana

Tell Sen. Durbin: Medical marijuana is no “laughing matter”

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week on combating the opioid epidemic, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin made a comment that is a perfect example of the kind of entrenched ignorance that MPP has been battling for nearly 25 years. Referring to his home state of Illinois, which only days ago passed a landmark, MPP-backed bill to legalize cannabis for adult use, Sen. Durbin remarked that:

"We've had medical marijuana. I've been to one of those clinics. It was almost a laughing matter."

Really, Senator? Ready access to life-changing medical treatments is basically a joke to you?

  • It's not a joke for parents who have to drive across state lines, risking their livelihood and their freedom, in order to procure the only medicine available that can successfully treat their child's multiple sclerosis symptoms — just because their state is run by people who share your outdated perspective on medical marijuana.

  • It's not a joke to the veterans suffering from severe PTSD who can't get a prescription at their local VA hospital because the federal government inserts its prohibitionist restrictions between them and their physicians.

  • And it's certainly no joke to the greater than 10 million people located in prohibition states who are suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, debilitating arthritis, anorexia, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, or the numerous other afflictions for which medical marijuana is an effective treatment.

To them, and to us, medical marijuana is no laughing matter at all. With your contribution today, we can continue to fight for life-saving access for medical cannabis patients.

Please help us send Senator Durbin a clear message that it's past time for attitudes like his to evolve, that the harm caused by failed prohibitionist policies is both ongoing and urgent, and that he should use his national profile to shine a light on the problem — not to belittle the issue.

Thank you for standing up for medical cannabis patients. Together we can overcome the ignorance and misinformation — and ensure a brighter future for those who are still being denied safe access to the medicine they need.

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Medical Marijuana

Nebraska: Attend tomorrow’s floor debate at the state capitol and show your support for medical marijuana

Last week, legislation (LB 110) to establish a compassionate medical marijuana program in Nebraska advanced out of a key committee. Tomorrow, the bill is scheduled for a floor debate among all the state senators.

If you live in or near Lincoln, please join patients and allies tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Nebraska State Capitol building (1445 K Street, Lincoln, NE 68508) to show lawmakers your support for a compassionate medical marijuana law. Unable to attend in person? You can watch the the debate live online at NET Nebraska.

And, if you haven’t contacted your state senator asking them to back LB 110 yet, please do so right now.

State political leaders have so far ignored the pleas of patients and their families. But the tide is turning, and our efforts to establish safe access to medical marijuana have never been stronger. Tomorrow, we’ll be watching.

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