May 4, 2023


Leading Cannabis Group Launches Advocacy Initiative for Medical Cannabis Patients


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR) today launched a new advocacy initiative designed to help patients contact their elected official about the urgent need for a responsible federal cannabis regulatory framework and expanded research.

“This Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re focusing our advocacy efforts on the needs of patients by encouraging policymakers to prioritize policies grounded in science,” said Andrew Freedman, CPEAR executive director. “It is essential for the federal government – in the interest of public health and safety – to establish a nationwide framework of cannabis regulation designed to safeguard patients.

“Doctors need to be able to make informed decisions for vulnerable populations, like veterans, those who are suffering from PTSD, cancer patients, and many other groups that may benefit from cannabis-derived medicines. Responsible federal regulation would help to open up pathways to ensure those who use cannabis-derived medicines could do so in the safest way possible.”

In 2021, CPEAR released a policy paper examining the current understanding of cannabis and its effect on mental health and recommendations to advance an evidence-based regulatory system.



About the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation 

A 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR) works to advance comprehensive policy solutions for cannabis legalization and regulation. The Coalition strives to be a trusted, science-driven resource for lawmakers and the larger stakeholder community, developing responsible policies that provide access to cannabis while protecting consumers and patients, barring underage use, upholding public health and safety, and promoting social equity. Comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders, the Coalition brings unique perspectives to the table to thoughtfully address what a national, legal cannabis industry should look like. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter.