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¡°In 2016 alone, nearly 600,000 people were ar-
rested for marijuana possession. Our laws must
be informed by facts - not emotion, manufac-
tured stigma and myths.¡±
¡°Our bipartisan legislation, the Marijuana Data
Collection Act, will lay the groundwork for real
reform by producing an objective, evidence-
based report on current marijuana laws that exist
in 31 states across the country, and their impact
on our communities.¡±
¡°Federal lawmakers have long ignored the issues
of our outdated federal marijuana policy,¡± Rep.
Carlos Curbelo said.
¡°In recent years, however, voters across the
country - including in my home state of Florida
and overwhelmingly in my district - have called
for modernized marijuana policies in their
¡°This bill takes a commonsense step toward al-
lowing unbiased research into the impacts that
marijuana has had in states that have chosen to
legally regulate it.¡±
¡°I am proud to support the bipartisan Marijuana
Data Collection Act to ensure the federal govern-
ment is no longer an obstacle to legal, regulated
marijuana and starts being part of the discussion
for a new federal policy.¡±
Justin Strekal, National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Political
Director, said: ¡°We appreciate Representative
Gabbard for her tremendous leadership in the
fight to reform our nation¡¯s failed policy of
¡°From emphasizing that marijuana policy be
evidence-based, to tasking the National Acad-
emies with this important work, to her role as a
lead on HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana
Prohibition Act, Rep. Gabbard has been one of
the most prominent voices in calling for a new
sensible approach to cannabis.¡±
¡°We look forward to a study conducted by an
independent federal agency that isn¡¯t invested
in continuing marijuana prohibition,¡± said Aaron
Smith, executive director of the National Canna-
bis Industry Association.
¡°Lawmakers and regulators at the state and fed-
eral level will benefit from a serious look at the
effects of making cannabis legal for medical and
adult use.¡±
¡°There is already plenty of evidence showing
that regulation is working in the states, but we
need to look at the potential public health and
economic impacts of further reforms, and the
real costs of continuing to ban a substance that
research shows may be helping to reduce the
damage caused by the opioid problem.¡±
On the House Floor, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said:
¡°For decades, bad data and misinformation have
fueled the failed War on Drugs that¡¯s wasted bil-
lions of taxpayer dollars incarcerating Americans
for non-violent marijuana charges.¡±
¡°Our outdated marijuana policies have turned
everyday Americans into criminals, strained our
criminal justice system, cost taxpayers tremen-
dously, and torn families apart - all for a sub-
stance that¡¯s proven to be far less harmful and
dangerous than alcohol.¡±
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A ¡°HealthiHer¡± Movement
¡°Our federal policies should be based on
actual science and fact, not misplaced
stigma and outdated myths.¡±
¡°However, the fact that marijuana is cur-
rently classified as a Schedule 1 drug - the
same category as heroin and cocaine -
restricts and even discourages scientific
research on marijuana, limiting our ability
to create science-based policies.¡±
¡°I¡¯ll be introducing the bipartisan Marijuana
Data Collection Act with my colleague Con-
gressman Carlos Curbelo so that we can
create a study to set the record straight.¡±
¡°Our bill would authorize a non-partisan,
evidence-based report that analyzes cur-
rent marijuana policies across the country,
and their effects on our communities. I
urge my colleagues to support our biparti-
san legislation.¡±
Background: The Marijuana Data
Collection Act would:
** Require data collection and study with
regard to the impact of state-regulated
marijuana legalization on public health,
safety, the economy and criminal justice,
among other issues.
** Require the Secretary of HHS to coor-
dinate with the DOJ, DOL and States (to
the greatest extent possible) and direct
the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
to publish a biennial study on the health,
safety and economic effects of state
legalized marijuana programs.
** The Report would also outline best prac-
tices for state-led data collection, as well as
recommendations to overcome any barriers
preventing data collection and gaps in data.
As part of her commitment to common
sense criminal justice reform, Congress-
woman Tulsi Gabbard has long called for
sensible marijuana policies.
She is the lead Democratic co-sponsor
of H.R.1227, the Ending Federal Mari-
juana Prohibition Act, which would take
marijuana(Cannabis) off the federal con-
trolled substances list.
She has called for closing the gaps between
federal and state law to resolve current
contradictions and provide legally abiding
marijuana businesses with clear access to
financial services.
She is also a cosponsor of the Marijuana
Justice Act (H.R.4815) to reform unjust
federal marijuana laws and empower mi-
nority communities that have been dispro-
portionately impacted by the failed War on
Drugs, the Secure and Fair Enforcement
(SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 2215) to allow
not enough hours in the day, we somehow manage to
integrate everything in our lives to ¡®make it work¡¯ and
accomplish insurmountable tasks. And this constant
juggling can come at the cost of our own health.¡±
The good news? The survey also reveals that 79% of
respondents see positive change as achievable. The
HealthiHer movement aims to give women the tools
they need to make such changes at home, at work or
in their communities. If you¡¯re among those struggling
to take good care of yourself because of other obliga-
tions, consider how these suggestions might help.
* Truth: You can¡¯t help others without caring for your-
self. Why do emergency airline instructions tell you
to attach your own oxygen mask first? Because you
could otherwise pass out before helping others. That
same principle applies to your general health; you
must maintain your own energy and well-being so you
can stay around to be an effective mom, wife, daugh-
ter, sister and/or friend.
* Take stress seriously. While not all stress is bad,
long-term unrelieved stress can have major adverse
effects on your health, reducing the effectiveness of
your immune, digestive, sleep and reproductive sys-
tems. Recognize the risks, plan methods for fighting
stress and carve out time for exercise, sleep, medita-
tion, yoga and/or other remedies.
* Try online resources. An annual in-person physical
is always recommended, but health issues in between
check-ups can often be taken care of through online
sites that diagnose issues through questionnaires or
video chats - then prescribe medicine or other thera-
pies without need of an office visit.
* Make exercise a no-brainer. As the saying goes,
sitting is the new smoking. If you don¡¯t make daily
movement of some sort a priority in your life (doc-
tors recommend at least 150 minutes of brisk exercise
per week) you¡¯re putting your physical and emotional
health at substantial risk. Among other benefits, exer-
cise can help prevent diabetes and heart disease while
reducing stress, back pain, arthritis, asthma and other
common ailments.
* Set health care appointments ahead. To secure the
slots that work best with your schedule, call or go on-
line way ahead of time so you have a wider range of
options. Some clinics offer evening or weekend hours
to help those with demanding daytime jobs or roles.
Planning ahead, and writing each appointment in ink
on your family calendar, helps ensure you¡¯ll make your
own care a priority even if your schedule ramps up.
¡°It isn¡¯t selfish to put ourselves first, but in all hon-
esty, we know that will never happen, our kids will
always come first,¡± says HealthyWomen CEO Beth
Battaglino. ¡°However, can we shoot for second? This is
an investment in both our health and the health of our
families. Women who don¡¯t take care of themselves
are not going to be around or it will affect their ability
to care for their loved ones, and this survey revealed
that those who don¡¯t make time to get their health
screenings, like mammograms, pap tests, eye exams,
blood pressure, etc., actually had more health con-
More women¡¯s health tips related to the HealthiHer
Movement can be found at
¡°I¡¯ll be introducing the bipartisan
Marijuana Data Collection Act with my
colleague Congressman Carlos Curbelo so
that we can create a study to
set the record straight.¡±
Follow Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on social media:
equal banking access and financial services
for marijuana-related businesses, the RE-
SPECT resolution (H.Res. 943) to encour-
age equity in the marijuana industry, and
Video of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard¡¯s Speech on
the House Floor:
5 tips for busy women
to take charge of their health
(BPT): If you¡¯re an American woman
today, chances are your busy lifestyle is
preventing you from seeking out the regu-
lar check-ups and screenings so important
to maintaining your health. And that¡¯s
true regardless of your economic status
or whether you live in a rural, urban or
suburban area.
So reports a recent HealthiHer survey
showing that only 66 percent of U.S.
women ages 30 to 60 feel ¡°somewhat in
control¡± of their own health, although 83
percent are happily managing the health
of their families. The study, co-sponsored
by Redbook magazine, HealthyWomen and
GCI Health, found that a full 77 percent
of women in that age group say that their
job schedules prevent them from attending
regular check-ups.
¡°Women today wear many hats - they¡¯re
wives, mothers, caregivers, employees,
business leaders and breadwinners, often
at the same time,¡± says Wendy Lund, CEO
of leading communications agency, GCI
Health. ¡°Even when it feels like there are