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Monday, 20 April 2015 12:53

California's U.S. Senator Makes Statement on Medical Marijuana Bill

Written by  Janie Costa
California's U.S. Senator Makes Statement on Medical Marijuana Bill Some rights reserved by eggroll
The ongoing debate over medical marijuana and related research continues as Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made a statement on the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, recently introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators.

Stating that she has been working across the aisle to help reduce barriers to marijuana research, Feinstein said she believes that federal action is the next logical step.

“I’m currently reviewing the medical marijuana legislation and look forward to its consideration in the Judiciary Committee,” said Feinstein.

Feinstein has stated that she has coauthored letters to the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with questions on how to expand research into the potential medical benefits of cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana that is believed to provide seizure relief for children with intractable epilepsy and other serious illnesses.

“The responses we received indicated some disagreement between agencies,” said Feinstein. “HHS agreed that barriers need to be addressed, but DOJ disagreed. Given this conflict, we are exploring options that would allow this important research to proceed.”

She noted that the federal government has not conducted a scientific, medical analysis of cannabidiol, in isolation from marijuana, to conclude its medical value; Feinstein called it necessary.

The Obama Administration has stated that it, “Steadfastly opposes legalization of marijuana and other drugs because legalization would increase the availability and use of illicit drugs, and pose significant health and safety risks to all Americans, particularly young people,” according to Whitehouse.gov.

However, the White House recognizes the prevalent discussion of marijuana and has stated that finding research-based information to determine health-effects and the balances between state and Federal-laws is difficult.

“While I believe research should move forward, I also believe we should proceed with caution,” said Feinstein. “I remain concerned about the high level of THC in marijuana, which has tripled since the 1980s and increases the likelihood of addiction. This may well be a continuing problem, which could pose a threat to public safety.”

In her letter to the DOJ, Feinstein explicitly stated that she does not support the use of smoked medical marijuana

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  1. Too_old

Who would hire an 80 y/o to make decisions for them? She is so out of touch. She grew up with reefer madness in the bad old 40's and 50's and now knows no other path but more of the same failed policies.

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Feinstein governs circles around Denham. She probably does more for Turlock's economy than he does. Keep working on a law so your dog can ride on the train with you, ludicrious.

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  1. The Truth

So....if they featured medical marijuana, that was effective in treating pain, nausea, and controlled seizures, AND didn't get the user "high," would "cardholders" use it? Hmm, methinks the answer is, wait for it.....wait..uhh, No.

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  1. Billy

to guest The Truth:
All legally prescribed pain killers get you high...

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  1. The Truth

If you read the article, and follow the research, the non-psychoactive properties of marijuana, cannabidiol, is what aids in treatment. It does not get the user high. This would be an awesome advancement since prescription painkillers are far worse.

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0 #5 The Truth 2015-04-23 06:58
If you read the article, and follow the research, the non-psychoactive properties of marijuana, cannabidiol, is what aids in treatment. It does not get the user high. This would be an awesome advancement since prescription painkillers are far worse.
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0 #4 Billy 2015-04-22 10:19
to guest The Truth:
All legally prescribed pain killers get you high...
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0 #3 The Truth 2015-04-22 08:24
So....if they featured medical marijuana, that was effective in treating pain, nausea, and controlled seizures, AND didn't get the user "high," would "cardholders" use it? Hmm, methinks the answer is, wait for it.....wait..uhh, No.
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0 #2 At least she knows what she is talking about 2015-04-21 12:09
Feinstein governs circles around Denham. She probably does more for Turlock's economy than he does. Keep working on a law so your dog can ride on the train with you, ludicrious.
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0 #1 Too_old 2015-04-21 07:50
Who would hire an 80 y/o to make decisions for them? She is so out of touch. She grew up with reefer madness in the bad old 40's and 50's and now knows no other path but more of the same failed policies.
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