Summary

2/14/2013--Introduced.States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act - Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), within six months of enactment of this Act, to submit to the... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Feb 14, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana and for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act''.

SEC. 2. CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.

(a) Schedule.-- (1) Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, shall submit to the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration a recommendation on the listing of marijuana within the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), and shall recommend a listing other than ``Schedule I'' or ``Schedule II''. (2) Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration shall, based upon the recommendation under paragraph (1), issue a notice of proposed rulemaking for the rescheduling of marijuana within the Controlled Substances Act, which shall include a recommendation to list marijuana as other than a ``Schedule I'' or ``Schedule II'' substance. (b) Limitations on the Application of the Controlled Substances Act.-- (1) In general.--No provision of the Controlled Substances Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict in a State in which the medical use of marijuana is legal under State law-- (A) the prescription or recommendation of marijuana for medical use...

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Nation

608 Supporting
78 Opposing
89% 11%

State: CA

60 Supporting
5 Opposing
92% 8%

District: 1st

1 Supporting
1 Opposing
50% 50%

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Organizations Supporting

Tell Congress to end President Obama’s war on medical marijuana. There are three bills pending in Congress that would help take medical marijuana patients and their providers out of the crosshairs of the federal government. First, H.R. 689, the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), would reschedule marijuana and make the Controlled Substances Act inapplicable to those acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. Second, Rep. Sam Farr’s (D-CA) bill, H.R. 710, the Truth in Trials Act, would provide those charged with violating federal law with an affirmative defense, meaning they would be found not guilty, if their conduct was in compliance with state law. Finally, a bill sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), H.R. 784, would prevent federal officials from seizing property used by dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to patients. Write your members of Congress today and ask them to stand up for patients by supporting the compassionate legislative proposals. http://www.mpp.org/our-work/federal-policy/

H.R. 689 is partly a response to the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) recent denial of a petition to reclassify marijuana for medical use. In 2002, the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC) filed a petition, which was denied by the DEA in July 2011. The denial was appealed in January 2012 and just last month the D.C. Circuit refused to reclassify, instead ruling in favor of the Obama Administration's effort to keep medical marijuana out of reach for millions of Americans. The bill also dismantles a cumbersome and often prohibitive research application process for medical marijuana, currently run by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which almost exclusively favors studies on the alleged harmfulness of cannabis. http://americansforsafeaccess.org/federal-medical-marijuana-bills-introduced-today-in-anticipation-of-patient-led-congressional-lobbying-effort-1

Organizations Opposing

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Users Supporting

As a father whose daughter is disabled, I support H.R. 689 The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act. She has exhausted the less invasive medical interventions and now faces interminable pain or addiction to opioid-based medications. If it was your daughter, wouldn't *you* be writing congress???

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PA
5
Constituent393039
PA-5
8 months ago

I support H.R. 689 The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because...I need the medicine for pain management.I recieve oxycodone for pain and it would make my life much better by not having to take narcotics which are habit forming . Please help me

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FL
3
Constituent392329
FL-3
8 months ago

I support H.R. 689 The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because...we the people should be able to learn potential medical benefits from the use of whole cannabis plant extracts, and that is impossible with cannabis a Schedule 1 substance, which would be absurd if it wasn't a tragedy for medicine, and those whose lives have been ruined by its demonization and prohibition!

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CA
13
Anonymous392249
CA-13
9 months ago

I support H.R. 689 The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because I feel that Cannabis as a whole has been trampled on for far too long. There are so many benefits from this magical plant that we as a society have been over looking. This magical wonder is able to heal patients from ailments modern medicine has failed to do. Why go for more chemicals when we have an all natural healing source. Not just for death sentence diseases but also for prevention. There are studies that have been shown that cannabis can help ward off cancer growing cells. I am just appalled that the government has been misleading the public all these years when all you have to do is educate the public on both the benefits and of course the adverse effects of misuse. It's all about education, but seeing as that is already dwindling across our nation, I am not really shocked the government would rather spend billions of dollars on the war against "drugs" aka cannabis, in order to reap the benefits of the injustice that is caused by this war. The population rate of black Americans in our jail system for possessing a small bag of herb is astronomical. With that evidence alone the government should really rethink about it's classification. Protect the patients and the active wellness patients. You don't have to be terminally I'll to reap the benefits of cannabis. Hemp alone can be worn, and you can't even get "high" from it. Really consider how ridiculous our nation will feel once the world is powered by cannabis. Laughable really.

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Anonymous391795
-1
9 months ago

Hello Representative Schiff, I'm Fabio, and I met you at last week's campaign event. It was nice meeting you and congratulations on your win. I'm writing to let you know that I support H.R. 689 The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because more research is needed for cannabis in order to see how it can help various medical patients.

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CA
28
Anonymous391356
CA-28
9 months ago

I support H.R. 689 The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because my daughter's life was hell before we discovered the difference medical marijuana made for her.

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FL
14
Anonymous391197
FL-14
9 months ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because States that legalize medical marijuana have the full responsibility now. It should not be federalized, because that would be in conflict with the current Federal law. This should be remain a state by state issue and voted on by the people of each state. A change in the Federal law should only be made by a vote of the people of the United States, not in Congress. This is a challenge to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and States rights.

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VA
4
JFW623
VA-4
10 months ago

I oppose H.R. 689: States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because it makes marijuana a federally protected program under the guise of the reference States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act. States that legalize medical marijuana have the full responsibility now. It should not be federalized, because that would be in conflict with the current Federal law. This should be remain a state by state issue and voted on by the people of each state. A few short years ago, use of marijuana was illegal unless it was infrequently authorized under a controlled medical application in end of life uses. A change in the Federal law should only be made by a vote of the people of the United States, not in Congress. This is a challenge to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and States rights.

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CA
1
Anonymous968196
CA-1
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 689: States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because....this is a dangerous drug and people will die because of it's use and legalization just encourages use.

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AR
2
laf2010
AR-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 689: States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because... I Do Not Believe In Legalizing Drugs That Are Damaging Our Society And Our Youth. Nothing Good Can Come From Legalizing Marijuana, It Will Only Lead To The Eventual Legalization Of Far More Harmful And Deadly Drugs. Also, anything the Radical Liberals on the Left are for, I am Strongly Against. I say NO to H.R. 689 Regards,

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MI
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SafeguardThe2nd
MI-11
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 689: States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act because...It restricts Marijuana use to medical only. There is absolutely no reason to restrict its use at all. It is safer to use than alcohol. All hemp, including marijuana, should be allowed medical, recreational and industrial use, production and trade.

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AZ
1
garylob
AZ-1
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 689 ("To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana and for the medical use of marijuana in") because...there is no rational reason to use marijuana, it is a hallucinate and create a false sense of well being that can result in harm to other persons.

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letsberealistic
AR-2
2 years ago

Bill Summary

2/14/2013--Introduced.States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act - Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), within six months of enactment of this Act, to submit to the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) a recommendation on the listing of marijuana within the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and to recommend listing it as other than a Schedule I or Schedule II substance. Requires the Administrator of DEA, within one year of enactment of this Act, based upon such recommendation, to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking for the rescheduling of marijuana within the CSA, which shall include a recommendation to list marijuana as other than a Schedule I or Schedule II substance. Declares that no provision of the CSA or the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act shall, in a state in which the medical use of marijuana is legal under state law, prohibit or otherwise restrict: (1) the prescription or recommendation of marijuana for medical use by a medical professional or the certification by a medical professional that a patient has a condition for which marijuana may have therapeutic benefit; (2) an individual from obtaining, manufacturing, possessing, or transporting within his or her state marijuana for medical purposes, provided the activities are authorized under state law; (3) a pharmacy or other entity authorized to distribute medical marijuana from obtaining, possessing, or distributing marijuana to authorized individuals; or (4) an entity authorized by a state or local government from producing, processing, or distributing marijuana for such purposes. Requires the Attorney General to delegate responsibility for control over access to marijuana for research into its potential therapeutic and medicinal uses to an entity of executive branch that is not focused on researching the addictive properties of substances. Requires such entity to take appropriate actions to ensure that an adequate supply of marijuana is available for therapeutic and medicinal research.

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