This year has largely been the 'year of CBD' across America. States that once had no prayer of legalizing medical marijuana have now passed CBD-only legislation. In my opinion, CBD-only legislation is not real medical marijuana. However, if it helps even one person, I'll still support it while continuing to advocate for more expansive medical marijuana programs. Today U.S. Representative Scott Perry from Pennsylvania announced his plans to introduce CBD-only legislation at the federal level. Per Penn Live:
The conservative York County Republican made the announcement Monday morning at a press conference where he was joined by the president of the national Epilepsy Foundation and advocates that included the mother of Colorado girl Charlotte Figi, whose successful treatment with cannabidiol oil has inspired a national movement.
Joel Stanley, one of the creators of the "Charlotte's Web" strain of marijuana used to treat Figi, was also present for the introduction announcement of Perry's bill, the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014."
The bill would give children and adults with epilepsy and other seizure disorders access to the oil (called CBD) for treatment by removing CBD oil and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, Perry said.
This is a good move by Representative Perry. As I alluded to earlier in this article, I'm still hopeful that a real medical marijuana bill is introduced soon. But, this is a step in the right direction. I'm curious to see how many federal politicians jump on board with Representative Perry's proposal. CBD-only legislation has been a very popular policy at the state level for politicians. I wouldn't be surprised to see the same thing happen with this federal legislation.