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.

In April 2016, we sent a joint letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration expressing broad support from the patient community for removing federal barriers to cannabis research. Read our press release about the letter here.

Senate Bill Would Remove Hemp from the Controlled Substances Act

On May 14, 2015, Senators Cory Gardner (CO) and Ron Wyden (OR) 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 14, 2015, Representatives Morgan Griffith (VA) and Earl 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.

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Senate Bill to Reschedule Cannabis

On March 10, 2015, 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 here

House Bill Would Remove Hemp from the Controlled Substances Act

On March 25, 2015, Representative Scott 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. 

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

In July 2015, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed HB 321, a bill creating a system of dispensaries in Hawaii and allowing patients in the medical cannabis program to have safe, legal access to this treatment option. 

Read our joint letter in support of HB 321:   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

Texas

Texas Compassionate Use Act. Signed by Governor Greg Abbott and effective on June 1, 2015, the Texas Compassionate Use Act ensures that Texas residents living with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures can gain safe, legal access to medical cannabis as a treatment opion. The act requires the Texas Department of Public Safety to license at least three cannabis dispensing organizations in Texas by September 2017.  

Read our joint press release with Compassionate Access for Epilepsy (C.A.F.E) Texas  Press Release on Texas Compassionate Use Act

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

State Medical Cannabis Laws

Click here to view a table outlining the laws passed by 28 states and the District of Columbia allowing medical cannabis. This page also breaks down the laws that have been passed that only allow the use of CBD.