Target: Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner of the FDA
Goal: Reduce federal obstacles to cannabis research for medical and health purposes.
Currently classified as a “Schedule I” drug alongside heroin and ecstasy, cannabis is under strict restrictions by the U.S. federal government, obstructing even medical research. Research into the medical uses and long-term health effects of cannabis could ease human suffering, prevent illnesses, and lengthen lives.
While not completely prevented, research is heavily constricted by regulations, slowing progress that researchers are eager to achieve. This is not only terribly inefficient, but is restricting knowledge and impeding improvements to quality of human and animal life.
Emerging research has shown cannabis to be highly effective in treating PTSD and as a less addictive and safer pain reliever for medical purposes. Without obstructions to research and development, more uses and treatments can be discovered and more people helped sooner. Please sign the petition below to end this willful ignorance caused by fear and to increase the freedom to research and improve quality of life for those who need it.
Dear Dr. Califf,
Research on cannabis treatment is currently blockaded with strict regulations slowing progress on treatment. Cannabis has been found to be an effective and less addictive treatment for PTSD and chronic pain, and has potential to improve life for many suffering individuals.
Delaying research and progress is not without cost. Every day that research is constricted, patients suffer needlessly from pain and addictions as potential new treatments go undiscovered. Fears of one drug should not allow us to neglect the pain and well-being of human beings today.
I am urging you to reduce the barriers to cannabis research because there is no reason to continue to constrict progress toward new methods of medical treatment. The quality of life for thousands of Americans should no longer be dismissed out of fear of research and discovery.
[Your Name Here]
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