U.S. House Rules Committee Shoots Down Cannabis Amendments to Help Pain Management without Addictive Pharmaceuticals

Summary and opinion by Wendy Anderson.

A Congressional panel has shown their disregard for the health of the U.S. public by completely rejecting three amendments set forward last week by Dana Rohrahbacher (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO). 

The first amendment would have conducted the task force, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, The Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Food and Drug Administration, to study the potential for cannabis to serve as an alternative to opioids as pain management. 

The second amendment would’ve required a study by the National Institutes of Health and the Center of Disease Control on the medical application of cannabis and opioids. It would’ve also necessitated the federal comparison of opioid overdose deaths between states which have legalized cannabis and those that haven’t. 

The third proposed amendment was sponsored by Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA) and Bob Dold (R-IL), as well as with Polis, would’ve excluded cannabis plants high in CBD and low in THC from the federal definition of marijuana. These are plants that are rich in Cannabidiol such as the Charlette’s Web used for children with the severe form of epilepsy Dravet Syndrome. 

The committee ruled all three out of order, which means they could not even be offered a vote on the floor. Not even a chance. 

However, when the bill was put to vote after the all of the amendments were taken out it was passed right through. Meaning they are all in the pharmaceutical pocket and out of the interest of science and health of the people they are supposed to represent. This is not a shining move for this U.S. House Rules Committee especially the ones bragging on social media.

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2 Responses

Kamilo Nunez
Kamilo Nunez

May 28, 2016

This is TRULLY Ridiculous I Was in a VERY Bad fall Almost 2 yrs ago that Should have Either Killed me, Left me in a Coma or Left me in a Vegetable state. BUT I Prefer NOT to use pain Medication because of ALL the Horror Stories and Addictions to the Medications. I Have known people that have Spent Almost their Entire Paycheck of Like $500 for their HABIT, BUT Nobody that I Know of would EVER spend that Much on Marijuana

Peter Silver
Peter Silver

May 28, 2016

Dispicable, heartless, and most of greed fueled by those large corporations and industries that fear cannabis will take their precious profits, when it will actually increase them exponentially, without disregard for the good of those that are suffering, and dependent upon their dangerous drugs, when a holistic, natural and profitable cure, especially for our children, is right here and now. Just ask any competant physician, not some greedy, ignorant, partisan politician, representing large corporations, not their own constituents – the U.S. public, the voters and citizens that put these heartless money-mongers in power. Some day they will realize and understand the truth and benefits of this product of nature, and of God.
To you politicians…. who do you really represent, and care for? GET A CLUE AND STOP THIS IMMORAL PROHIBITION.

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