Dear Mr. Fuller:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your thoughts regarding the use of medical marijuana. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you may know, marijuana is currently listed as a Controlled Substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and listed as a Schedule I narcotic. Under California state law, patients and their primary caregivers are protected from criminal prosecution; however, the possession, sale, distribution and transportation of marijuana for medical use or otherwise remains illegal under federal law.
I understand the potential marijuana may have in providing relief to individuals diagnosed with certain serious illnesses. That is why I support federal research into determining what components of the marijuana plant can be used as medicine. To date, however, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoking marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition. Science, not politics, should determine the availability of marijuana for medical purposes and, as a result I support medical research to that end. That said, however, I do not support legalizing marijuana for recreational use nor the deployment of dispensaries in our communities.
Again, thank you for contacting me. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or my office at (202) 225-0508.
Member of Congress