Congressman Gaetz to Host Medical Cannabis Research Roundtables

February 8, 2018

Congressman Matt Gaetz will host two roundtables with local pastors and veterans on medical cannabis research on Monday, February 12, 2017 in Milton and in Pensacola.

Congressman Gaetz will be in Milton to meet with nearly a dozen local pastors to gain insight from the faith-based community regarding medical cannabis research and its impacts on the family and the community.

After the Milton roundtable, Congressman Gaetz will go to the University of West Florida to host a second roundtable to hear from local veterans their thoughts on medical cannabis research as an alternative treatment method.  Mrs. Theresa Chmiel will be on-hand for this roundtable.  Mrs. Chmiel will also be presented with a Congressional Record immediately after the roundtable for her efforts in raising awareness for proper palliative care options in Northwest Florida.

These roundtables are invitation only.

West Florida Baptist Church | 9:00 – 10:00am
5621 U.S. 90 Milton, FL 32583
*Faith-based community medical cannabis research roundtable

University of West Florida | 10:30 – 11:45am
11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32514
*Veterans medical cannabis research roundtable
**Congressional Record Presentation 11:30-11:45am.

Background:
Congressman Gaetz has been a strong advocate in the 115th Congress pushing for medical marijuana reform.  House Bill (H.R. 2020) would “provide for the rescheduling of marijuana into schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act”, and is aimed at rescheduling marijuana from a Schedule I drug, on par with heroin and LSD, to a Schedule III drug, on par with anabolic steroids.

Rescheduling makes it easier to conduct research into marijuana’s medical uses with lighter regulation.  The benefits of rescheduling marijuana would benefit local economies.  Small businesses in the marijuana industry would finally have the legal ability to meet the needs of patients

“This drug should not be in the same category as heroin and LSD, and we do not need to continue with a policy that turns thousands of young people into felons every year.  Nor do we need to punish the millions of people who are sick and seeking medical help – from pain, from muscle wasting, from chemotherapy-induced nausea” said Congressman Gaetz.

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