A Limited Amount of “Caring”: Parents and Advocates React to Realm of Caring’s Federal CBD-Only Bill
Image: Jason and Jayden David, photo courtesy of Jason David 

Congressman Scott Perry (D-PA), Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) introduced the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014″ yesterday in Pennsylvania, flanked by representatives from Colorado’s Realm of Caring (RoC), the producers of the high-CBD low-THC Charlotte’s Web cannabis strain.
According to yesterday’s press release from RoC,
The bill proposes to exclude industrial hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) from the definition of marijuana, ensuring that children and individuals with epilepsy and other debilitating seizure disorders have access to life-changing Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil and therapeutic hemp such as the Charlotte’s Web™ brand of hemp products. High CBD hemp strains have provided relief for thousands of people in the United States as it’s shown to reduce the amount and duration of seizures in children suffering from epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

One might think that the introduction of a federal medical marijuana bill with a good chance of passing would receive widespread support from cannabis reformers. However, in the pediatric cannabis community, parents are expressing disappointment, frustration, and even disgust over the proposed legislation. Perhaps, as RoC says in their press release, that’s because the bill would only allow for a product that’s not really medical marijuana at all.

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