Congress Overwhelmingly Approves Hemp Oil Therapy Amendment Sets the Stage for Legislation that Will Help Thousands of Families Nationwide

WASHINGTON (JUNE 4, 2015) – The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted today, by a vote of 297-130, in favor of an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill that will help suffering families from coast to coast receive the therapy they seek.  The amendment, offered by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) prohibits the use of federal funds to be used by the Department of Justice to prevent a state from implementing any law that makes it lawful to possess, distribute or use hemp oil. 

“The overwhelming bipartisan support of the hemp oil amendment today demonstrates that our federal lawmakers are strongly standing behind the thousands of families struggling to gain access now to the lifesaving benefits of therapeutic hemp oil for our children,” said Paige Figi, founder of the Coalition for Access Now and whose 8-year-old daughter Charlotte inspired the national discussion of the positive health impacts of therapeutic hemp oil.  “Keeping the federal law the way it currently is helps nobody, while passage of full Charlotte’s Web legislation would help so many.”

 

The action in Congress today demonstrates yet another important milestone in the growing momentum for CBD legislation of leaders from all across the country.

 

“People across the nation are being forced to consider geographically breaking up their families to move to states that allow CBD treatment,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) said.  “The federal government shouldn’t have the ability to interfere with families who’re just trying to help their children. This important supplement could be the key to mitigating childhood epilepsy – and various other seizure disorders for children as well as adults.”

 

"Last week I met Sophie Weiss, an inspiring young girl from Round Lake who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and has over 200 seizures each and every day,” Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) said. "I came to Washington to fight for commonsense, bipartisan reform that will improve the day-to-day lives of the people I represent, and this amendment offers hope to thousands of kids like Sophie who are in desperate need of this life-saving seizure relief.”

 

In addition to the amendment that passed today, forty-six Members of Congress and counting have signed on to co-sponsor bills that would allow thousands of families access to therapeutic hemp oil, a therapy used to alleviate severe seizures and other neurological disorders. 

 

The Senate legislation (S. 1333) sponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (RCO), Ron Wyden (DOR), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) ensures access to children suffering from severe seizures disorders have access to the therapy they need.  The U.S. House of Representatives has offered similar legislation called the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015 offered by Rep. Scott Perry (D-PA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL), and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MA), among many others. 

 

Many families have found success using therapeutic hemp oil for anti-seizure treatments, but the conflict between federal and state law has forced many families to choose between their homes and adequate treatment for their loved ones.  In this case, changing the law to allow for the hemp oil would mean both changing lives and saving lives.

 

The hardships these families face and the hope they have found in therapeutic hemp oil will be featured on NBC’s Dateline, titled, “Growing Hope” on Sunday, June 7, at 7pm EST.  Dateline follows the challenging journey these families underwent when traditional pharmaceuticals failed to work and the relief they found in CBD for enabling their child to live a better life by severely reducing their seizures.

 

Nearly 3 million Americans suffer from ‘intractable epilepsy’ – characterized by frequent, uncontrolled seizures that place tremendous strain on the patient, often resulting in serious physical problems including brain damage and even death. Charlotte’s Web is named for Charlotte Figi, an 8‐year‐old Colorado resident who was diagnosed as an infant with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy. As the disease progressed, Charlotte eventually came to suffer as many as 300 grand mal seizures in a week.  After having exhausted all other treatment options and doing significant research, Charlotte’s parents tried using a low‐THC, high‐CBD strain of cannabis, ingested as oil. The results were immediate and significant: Charlotte’s seizures, and their intensity, were significantly reduced. Instead of suffering dozens per day, she now suffers just a handful per month, and usually in her sleep.  

 

In the years since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, many individuals and families have flocked to the state in order to obtain the medicine for themselves or loved ones suffering from conditions that are treated by the drug. Legalizing this medication nationwide would prevent families from having to uproot and move long distances just to have access to medicines available in some states but not others.

 

 

ABOUT THE COALITION FOR ACCESS NOW

The Coalition for Access Now –  a non-profit organization of thousands of American families that was formed to educate the lawmakers and the public on the difference between hemp oil and marijuana, as well as the health benefits of therapeutic hemp oil for the treatment of chronic health conditions.  Limited access to hemp oil due to legal restrictions in many states has created thousands of medical refugees nationally.  Through the bipartisan support of federal lawmakers, the Coalition announced a House and Senate bill - H.R. 1635 and S. 1333 which is rapidly gaining support from both sides of aisle to give families across the country the access they need by removing hemp oil from the Controlled Substances Act.  

For more information on the Coalition and to join our efforts to break down barriers to access to life changing treatments, go to www.coalitionforaccessnow.org or connect with us on Facebook.

 

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  • Monica Cam
    commented 2015-06-06 18:58:37 -0400
    I never knew cannabis oil was indeed wonderful and very effective in the treatment of cancer "if not by the government and so called rules to regulate cannabis dad would still have been alive. Thanks to the new policy of legalizing cannabis in my state and have even lost my wife’s kidney cancer, and it was really shocked and surprised when I see a lot of documentary on how the cannabis oil had helped many people to whom His family thought they never could do next undergoing several “Chemo” from the department of my heart, and I have to say a word of appreciation to Dr. Brown Nelson for timely intervention in the lives of my wife suffering from kidney cancer. As I write this testimony in this blog my wife is so strong and healthy even though you have not completed the total dosage "for cannabis and medical consultation opportunity and get in touch with him if you are a cancer patient through their email: (ricksimpsoncannabisoils@outlook.com) so you can lit more details

    Treatment Regine:I have a pretty big tolerance for marijuana, so I started off with a full grain of rice sized amount of oil instead of a half grain. I gradually increased the dosage every night until I reached a full gram each night. The standard protocol for Rick Simpson Oil is ingesting a total of 60 grams over the course of 2-3 months, but I had 70 grams in total for safe measure. I used the excess as a topical skin care treatment, attacking the visible brown spots on my face and neck.
    3 months later, my cancer was in full remission. Within 4 months, I am cancer-free and officially received a clean bill of health from my doctors. What they don’t know is that the majority of my treatment was using the Rick Simpson Oil. I did use some of the medication they prescribed, but it was in combination with the oil.

    I am elated I want to continue sharing with people who are experiencing what I went through that there is absolutely hope and a cure out there. They just need to be proactive and aggressive with treatment, not wait until it is too late. Get your medication at Phoenix Tears via Email: (ricksimpsoncannabisoils@outlook.com)

    In addition to being an effective cancer fighter, there are some nice side effects that come from using the Rick Simpson oil, for instance, I no longer need to take any pain killers. Just one or two drops of the oil will ease the pain and help you sleep like a baby. Best of all, its natural . . . Thanks to all the staff at Amsterdam’s Garden
    who guided me throughout this journey. You guys are awesome!
  • Monica Cam
    commented 2015-06-06 18:58:18 -0400
    I never knew cannabis oil was indeed wonderful and very effective in the treatment of cancer "if not by the government and so called rules to regulate cannabis dad would still have been alive. Thanks to the new policy of legalizing cannabis in my state and have even lost my wife’s kidney cancer, and it was really shocked and surprised when I see a lot of documentary on how the cannabis oil had helped many people to whom His family thought they never could do next undergoing several “Chemo” from the department of my heart, and I have to say a word of appreciation to Dr. Brown Nelson for timely intervention in the lives of my wife suffering from kidney cancer. As I write this testimony in this blog my wife is so strong and healthy even though you have not completed the total dosage "for cannabis and medical consultation opportunity and get in touch with him if you are a cancer patient through their email: (ricksimpsoncannabisoils@outlook.com) so you can lit more details

    Treatment Regine:I have a pretty big tolerance for marijuana, so I started off with a full grain of rice sized amount of oil instead of a half grain. I gradually increased the dosage every night until I reached a full gram each night. The standard protocol for Rick Simpson Oil is ingesting a total of 60 grams over the course of 2-3 months, but I had 70 grams in total for safe measure. I used the excess as a topical skin care treatment, attacking the visible brown spots on my face and neck.
    3 months later, my cancer was in full remission. Within 4 months, I am cancer-free and officially received a clean bill of health from my doctors. What they don’t know is that the majority of my treatment was using the Rick Simpson Oil. I did use some of the medication they prescribed, but it was in combination with the oil.

    I am elated I want to continue sharing with people who are experiencing what I went through that there is absolutely hope and a cure out there. They just need to be proactive and aggressive with treatment, not wait until it is too late. Get your medication at Phoenix Tears via Email: (ricksimpsoncannabisoils@outlook.com)

    In addition to being an effective cancer fighter, there are some nice side effects that come from using the Rick Simpson oil, for instance, I no longer need to take any pain killers. Just one or two drops of the oil will ease the pain and help you sleep like a baby. Best of all, its natural . . . Thanks to all the staff at Amsterdam’s Garden
    who guided me throughout this journey. You guys are awesome!