The Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF) is a nonprofit charitable organisation dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through funding research and the development of therapies for those currently suffering from Parkinson’s.
Founded by its namesake in 2000, the MJFF has donated over $900 million to research programs. However, it isn’t just funding that the Foundation provides, they are also advocates of new technologies and ideas.
Most recently the MJFF has petitioned Congress to pass three cannabis- and medical marijuana-related bills. Those being; The Medical Cannabis Research Act, VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act, and Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act.
Combining these acts would reschedule marijuana from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule 3 controlled substance, allow the VA to investigate the therapeutic potential of medical marijuana for conditions such as PTSD and require the Justice Department to start approval of more research-grade cannabis manufacturers.
Ted Thompson, senior vice president of public policy for the MJFF stated: “Removing barriers for research on medical cannabis is one way in which Congress can help scientists determine what the benefits of medical cannabis might be for Parkinson’s disease.”