Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

In Support of Safe Access to Medical Marijuana

March 24, 1998

The actions of the federal government will end safe access to medical marijuana in California. We cannot deny those who are enduring difficult and sometimes painful therapies an opportunity to ease their suffering. Proposition 215 has provided as many as 11,000 Californians who suffer from AIDS and other debilitating diseases with safe and legal access to a drug that makes life a little more bearable.

In an effort to put an end to this conflict and controversy, I am working as an original co-sponsor for passage of H.R. 1782 the Medical Use of Marijuana Act. The legislation would end federal restrictions on the medical uses of marijuana. The bill would move marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug, a change that would acknowledge its medicinal attributes, and allow for states to determine its medical uses without being in conflict with federal law. The bill would also remove barriers to biomedical research on the safety and efficacy of marijuana in relieving pain and wasting syndrome.

This legislation faces stiff opposition in the House of Representatives. We must fight for understanding on all fronts: in the courts, in the Congress, and in the minds of those who fail to see this is a battle being waged for a compassionate and humane policy.

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