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Invisiblesilversoul7
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Breaking News - Harsh Drug Bill to Be Introduced
    #2123174 - 11/19/03 05:27 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

*** We're going to fight this drug war bill!
*** Act NOW to protect medical marijuana patients, preserve the
right of judges to show compassion for deserving defendants, and
save taxpayer money

You've been with us all year as we have fought for more compassionate
and less expensive drug policies - from fighting the RAVE Act to working
to pass medical marijuana legislation that protects HIV/AIDS and Cancer
patients. Now, just before Congress goes out of session, one of the
country's harshest drug war extremists, Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), is about
to introduce some of the scariest legislation we've seen this year.

Rep. Souder's bill increases penalties for many drug offenses and takes
away the right of judges to show mercy when it's appropriate. The bill
also enacts new draconian penalties that could sentence compassionate
Americans that grow and provide medical marijuana to decades in federal
prison.

Although it's titled the 'Drug Sentencing Reform Act,' this dangerous
bill is all sentencing and no reform. It will destroy the lives of
thousands more non-violent Americans.

We know that Rep. Souder wants to introduce his bill within the next
couple of weeks and is asking for co-sponsorship from other
Representatives. Make sure your Representative doesn't support this bill. Call NOW
and tell your Representative not to co-sponsor Rep. Souder's Drug
Sentencing Reform Act because it contains no reform and ties the hands of
judges.

Actions to Take:

1) CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE NOW!
To reach your representative by phone, call the US Capitol Switchboard
at 1-800-839-5276 or call your representative's office directly by
looking up the phone number on
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=9389 .

Tell your Representative: "I'm a constituent and I'm calling to urge
Rep. [Name] not to co-sponsor Rep. Souder's Drug Sentencing Reform Act,
which he is about to introduce. The Drug Sentencing Reform Act contains
no reform and ties the hands of judges. It will punish nonviolent
Americans and compassionate citizens that provide patients with medical
marijuana. I would like Rep. [Name] to tell me where s/he stands on this
bill. S/he can send a letter to me at [Address] or an e-mail to
[Address]. Thank you for your time."

2) Tell us what your Representative says. Email us at
ActionFeedback@drugpolicy.org.

3) Forward this alert to your friends, family, and co-workers.

More Information:

The so-called Drug Sentencing Reform Act has yet to be introduced, but
it will do the following:

** Tie the hands of judges by making it harder for them to reduce
sentences for non-violent drug offenders. (It does this by expanding the
so-called 'Feeney Amendment' to apply to drug offenses). This will mean
longer sentences for non-violent offenses, with taxpayers like you
picking up the cost!

** Mandates that most people on parole, probation or supervised release
be subjected to random drug testing, even if their original offense had
nothing to do with drugs. (If enacted, thousands of non-violent
Americans could be sent to prison for years for smoking marijuana in the
privacy of their own home and then failing a drug test.)

** Directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to no longer allow lower
sentences for non-violent drug offenders that have certain mitigating
circumstances (such as being addicted to drugs) or for non-violent drug
offenders that made a mistake and are otherwise good citizens.

** Enacts new draconian penalties for growing, distributing, and
providing 'high-potency' marijuana to others, including medical marijuana -
which often has a higher potency to better relieve the suffering of
AIDS, Cancer, and other patients. If enacted, this provision will allow the
federal government to send more medical marijuana patients and their
caregivers to federal prison for years, in some cases decades.

** Read Rep. Souder's explanation of his bill here:
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/ctt.asp?u=693&l=9390. Our analysis
is based on Souder's explanation and our discussions with congressional
staffers.


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InvisibleAnnapurna1
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Re: Breaking News - Harsh Drug Bill to Be Introduced [Re: silversoul7]
    #2123694 - 11/19/03 09:22 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I cant contact my local representative before the full text of the bill exists. While i can be certain she will vote against it, i can be equally sure the bill will pass, although it might take a long time. It is prolly a waste of time to try oppose government expansionism on a piecewise basis. What needs to be attacked is the underlying morality being used to justify it, that being the authoritarian work ethic and the resulting cultural idealization of corporations like Bechtel, Wackenhut, CCA, and the wealthy elites that run them.



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Re: Breaking News - Harsh Drug Bill to Be Introduced [Re: Annapurna1]
    #2123849 - 11/19/03 10:46 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

its not a waste of time. at all.


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Re: Breaking News - Harsh Drug Bill to Be Introduced [Re: ]
    #2123915 - 11/19/03 11:17 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Thats like trying to pull out a shark's tooth when its about to bite your head off. It might be a better idea to try to stick your finger in its eyeball instead.


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Re: Breaking News - Harsh Drug Bill to Be Introduced [Re: Annapurna1]
    #2124292 - 11/20/03 03:33 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I say we make some posters and hit the streets of Washington for some good old fasion nonviolent protesting. This might be a little far stretched but this is certianly seems to me to be a civil rights problem. Why do they feel that some people should be happy while others are locked far away out of sight of those who dont take the time to think about what we are really about.


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Re: Breaking News - Harsh Drug Bill to Be Introduced [Re: silversoul7]
    #2124297 - 11/20/03 03:37 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

oh my GOD thanks for posting this, now im going to tell all of my good friends at the college to do what you just told me to do, silversoul.

may everlasting bud rain from the sky.


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Re: Breaking News - Harsh Drug Bill to Be Introduced [Re: Annapurna1]
    #2124377 - 11/20/03 05:51 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Certainly we must undo the damage of decades of misinformation by addressing the underlying morality as you said but working the system is also important. Protest is part of the system too. I don't think the establishment wanted women top vote or blacks to be citizens with equal rights. But those things have come to pass proving that change is possible. Change through the system isn't fast though. And it is that way for good reason. Otherwise things could quickly go astray as policy changed with the tides of current trends.

Someone should start a web site that would list all the pending bills both state and federal and allow people to vote on it. Basically a poll but it wouldn't just be the people who the pollsters decide to call. (Have you ever been called?) Of course the validity of it would depend on people willingness to stand up and be counted. The user would have to give some personally identifiable info to ensure only one opinion per bill per person. But if you believe in something and you truly want change then you should be willing to be counted.



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Re: Breaking News - Harsh Drug Bill to Be Introduced [Re: mntlfngrs]
    #2158527 - 12/04/03 05:04 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Yeah I heard about that, its a bad bill, I dont see anyone gonig for it...why would they?


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Re: Breaking News - Harsh Drug Bill to Be Introduced [Re: DailyPot]
    #2158659 - 12/04/03 05:44 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Because they are ignorant.


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