As Legislation Reaches 60 Cosponsors, Speaker Paul Ryan Encourages Moms to Fight to Legalize Hemp Oil as Therapy for Severe Seizure Disorders

WASHINGTON (November 23, 2015) — Newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) encouraged a group mothers, who traveled from across the nation to sit down with lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week, to continue fighting for the legalization of therapeutic hemp oil as a therapy for severe seizure disorders.  These mothers are representatives from The Coalition for Access Now, a non-profit coalition representing thousands of families petitioning for access to therapeutic hemp oil nationwide.  Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA)’s introduced the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015 (H.R. 1635) in the U.S. House of Representatives, earlier this year, which now has 60 co-sponsors, including Speaker Ryan.

While meeting with the Coalition representatives, Speaker Ryan spoke directly with Sally Schaeffer, one of his constituents from Wisconsin, and a mom helping to lead the fight for H.R. 1635. Schaeffer has been a leader in pushing Wisconsin representatives to join H.R. 1635, and through the help of the Coalition, was able to encourage Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) to be the 60th co-sponsor of the bill.

“Sally is a constituent of mine, and she’s a tireless, effective advocate on this issue,” said Speaker Paul Ryan. “She continues to make a compelling case, which is why I agreed to cosponsor the legislation originally. I was pleased to meet with Sally again this week.”

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015 (S. 1333) in the Senate, following the introduction of H.R. 1635. S.1333 currently has ten co-sponsors, including Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Paige Figi, Executive Director and Founder of the Coalition for Access Now, was joined by nearly a dozen mothers from across the country to urge federal representatives to take action in supporting the respective bills to remove harmless cannabidiol from the list of Schedule I controlled substances. By removing cannabidiol as a Schedule I controlled substance, the federal government will be giving families the access they need to help their loved ones live a better life -- and in most cases, save their lives.

For the complete document of H.R. 1635, click here, for S. 1333, click here.

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