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Statement on H.R. 5226

Last week we stood next to Congressman Scott Perry when he announced the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014" bill. It was an extraordinary moment for us and we were honored to be there representing all the individuals and families who have been fighting so hard with us every step of the way.

Our entire team is proud of the contributions we've made to this federal bill, as it will take out industrial hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) from the definition of marijuana, giving all licensed growers the ability to harvest more plants and extract more oil to help those seeking high CBD hemp supplements.

Last week we stood next to Congressman Scott Perry when he announced the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014" bill. It was an extraordinary moment for us and we were honored to be there representing all the individuals and families who have been fighting so hard with us every step of the way.

Our entire team is proud of the contributions we've made to this federal bill, as it will take out industrial hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) from the definition of marijuana, giving all licensed growers the ability to harvest more plants and extract more oil to help those seeking high CBD hemp supplements.

We see this as a monumental first step in what has been a long struggle for many families around the world trying to provide a better quality of life for loved ones suffering from illness.

We want to make it clear that our chief goal has been, and will remain, to supply families worldwide with a hemp extract that provides relief. While this bill does not provide unfettered access to marijuana, it would allow us to grow more hemp and produce and distribute more Charlotte's Web so that we may meet the needs of those currently on our wait list.

Of course, there is more work to be done in order to move the federal government toward legislation that addresses the need for high THC medical cannabis. There are many patients, of many disease states, who would benefit greatly from THC. We support the recent efforts of Sen. Rand Paul and others who continue to fight towards the legalization of high THC medical cannabis.

Still, for those who will benefit from the non-psychoactive components of the cannabis plant, this bill represents a new hope. Without this bill, these patients will have to wait until the federal government ends its 75+ year prohibition. By moving the non-psychoactive and hemp supplements into a separate category, this bill would not only provide quicker access to patients, it will also allow these safe supplements to be produced on mass scale under agricultural regulations while keeping the price affordable for patients. It simply does not make sense to keep these products which have no potential for abuse, lumped in with psychoactive compounds that are, and likely will always be, strictly regulated.

We see this as a great opportunity for growers across the country to contribute and help families in need. Families have placed their trust in us and they're our primary responsibility. Since the bill was announced, we've learned a lot of families don't understand the legislation and what it means to our mission. We're currently working to update our FAQ page on theroc.us to answer your questions about the legislation, and starting later this month we'll begin hosting a monthly live Q&A chat with a representative from our team where you can ask us any questions you may have. Stay tuned in the coming days for more information about that.

The proposal of the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014" is just the beginning. By working together, we'll continue to work towards the kind of positive change that we've been seeking.

None of this could have been possible without our amazing and supportive families. Thank you!

Joel Stanley & Heather Jackson

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:45
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