The Epilepsy Foundation supports state and federal legislation that would remove barriers to cannabis research and ensure safe, legal access to cannabis as a treatment for epilepsy.

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Cannabis Legislation

Federal Advocacy

The Epilepsy Foundation supports legislation that would remove bureaucratic barriers to research on the connection between seizures and cannabis, by moving cannabis to another schedule within the Controlled Substances Act.

Senate Bill Would Remove Hemp from the Controlled Substances Act

On Wednesday, May 14th Senators Gardner and Wyden introduced the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015 (S. 1333), which would remove therapeutic hemp from the Controlled Substances Act so that people living with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures can gain access to this treatment option. 

Read our letter of support at:

Take Action at http://bit.ly/EFS1333

House Bill to Reschedule Cannabis and Lift Barriers to Research

On Tuesday, April 14th Representatives Griffith (VA) and Blumenauer (OR) introduced H.R. 1774, the Compassionate Access Act to move cannabis from Schedule I and help lift federal barriers to research.  The Epilepsy Foundation joins the American Academy of Neurology and Americans for Safe Access in support of this important piece of legislation. H.R. 1774 would require the Drug Enforcement Administration to move cannabis out of Schedule I, lifting many of these barriers and protecting many patients in states with medical cannabis programs. H.R. 1774 would also remove CBD from the Controlled Substances Act so that patients in states that have passed legislation to allow the use of CBD are able to access this treatment option without the risk of federal prosecution.  This is particularly important in states that do not have established programs to cultivate, produce, and distribute CBD oil.

Read our press release at: 

Take Action at http://bit.ly/HR1774

Senate Bill to Reschedule Cannabis

On March 10 Senators Cory Booker (NJ), Rand Paul (KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S. 683), which would move cannabis to Schedule II, protect individuals in states with medical cannabis programs, and facilitate research on cannabis and cannabidiol. Ask Congress to support S. 683 and H.R. 1538 at http://bit.ly/EFCARERS

House Bill Would Remove Hemp from the Controlled Substances Act

On March 25th Representative Perry introduced the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015 (H.R. 1635), which would remove therapeutic hemp from the Controlled Substances Act so that people living with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures can gain access to this treatment option. Ask Congress to support HR. 1635 at http://bit.ly/EFHR1635

Advocacy in the States

The Epilepsy Foundation supports legislation that would allow people living with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures to gain access to this treatment option.

Hawaii

HB 321 would create a system of dispensaries in Hawaii so patients in the medical cannabis program can have safe and legal access to this treatment option.

Read our joint support letter:   Epilepsy Foundation Joint Letter in Support of Hawaii's HB 321 to Create Medical Cannabis Dispensaries  

Iowa

SSB 1243  would ensure Iowa residents living with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures, and other qualifying conditions, can gain safe, legal access to medical cannabis as a treatment option.

Read our joint support letter  Epilepsy Foundation Joint Letter in Support of Iowa's SSB 1243, Medical Cannabis Program 

Take action in support of SSB 1234

Texas

Texas Compassionate Use Act – SB 339/HB 892 would ensure Texas residents living with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures can gain safe, legal access to medical cannabis as a treatment option.

Read our joint press release  Press Release on Texas Compassionate Use Act 

Take action in support of SB 339 and HB 892

Visit the C.A.F.E. Texas website at http://www.cafetx.org/

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State Medical Cannabis Laws

To view a table outlining the laws passed by 23 states and the District of Columbia allowing medical cannabis please go to http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-medical-marijuana-laws.aspx.  This page also breaks down the laws that have been passed that only allow the use of CBD.

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