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InvisibleJohn
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Loc: Vancouver, B.C.
Act To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Now!
    #2859837 - 07/05/04 10:56 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

John Ashcroft's Justice Department continues to spend millions of
dollars arresting cancer, AIDS, and MS patients who use medical
marijuana - even in states where access to medical marijuana is legal.

Congress intends to vote on an amendment Wednesday or Thursday that
would stop the Ashcroft outfit from arresting the terminally ill and
people in pain who use medical marijuana on the recommendation of a
doctor.

This is one of the critical votes on reform of drug laws and policies
in this Congress, and support for the amendment continues to grow. At
least ten of our organization's activists are working on the ground
with the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, and NORML
to garner support for the amendment, and tens of thousands will
benefit from its enactment. Please act to protect medical marijuana
patients and their providers!

ACTIONS TO TAKE:

1) FAX YOUR REPRESENTATIVE for free:
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=19658&ms=hincheyssdp

2) PHONE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE for free

- Log on to http://www.house.gov to identify your Representative.

- Call the Capitol Switchboard at 1.800.839.5276 to be connected to
your Representative.

- Tell the staffer who answers the phone that you want your
Representative to support the Hinchey/Rohrabacher amendment that the
House will offer to the Commerce Justice Spending bill this week. The
amendment would stop the Justice Department from wasting human and
monetary resources on the arrest and prosecution of cancer, AIDS, and
MS patients who use marijuana as a medicine on the recommendation of a
doctor. To vote yes is to protect patients and save our country's
citizens money.

3) FORWARD THIS ALERT to friends and family!

MORE INFORMATION:

Responding to growing conflict between the states and the federal
government over the issue of medical marijuana, Rep. Hinchey (D-NY)
and Rep. Rohrabacher (R-CA) will again offer an amendment to the
Commerce-Jusitce-State spending bill that would prevent the U.S.
Justice Department from undermining state efforts to provide
terminally ill and chronic pain patients access to doctor- recommended
medical marijuana. The amendment would prohibit the Justice Department
from spending any money on arresting or prosecuting medical marijuana
patients in states where medical marijuana is legal. 152 members of
Congress voted for a similar amendment last year.

Since 1996, 11 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii,
Maine, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington) have adopted
medical marijuana laws. The U.S. Justice Department, however,
continues to spend millions of dollars arresting medical marijuana
patients and their caregivers - even in states where medical marijuana
is legal. At a time when violent drug cartels remain at large and
threats of terrorism continue to emerge, it is irresponsible for the
Justice Department to jeopardize public safety by wasting scarce law
enforcement resources conducting raids on hospice centers and medical
marijuana patients.

The Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment would not prevent
the Justice Department from arresting people using, growing, or
selling marijuana for recreational use. Nor would it prevent the
Justice Department from arresting medical marijuana patients in the
states that have not approved the drug for this use. It simply
prevents the federal government from arresting cancer, AIDS and MS
patients that use marijuana for medical reasons in states that have
adopted medical marijuana laws.

Substantial majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents
support medical marijuana. A 2001 Pew Research Center poll found that
73% of Americans support medical marijuana. A 2002 Time/CNN poll found
that 80% of Americans support it. The Institute of Medicine has
determined that nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety "all can be
mitigated by marijuana." Allowing cancer, AIDS, and MS patients legal
access to medical marijuana is supported by the American Nurses
Association, American Public Health Association, American Bar
Association, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, and Kaiser Permanente, among
other groups.


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Invisiblewandrnshaman
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Registered: 09/21/03
Posts: 1,196
Loc: Pinellas Co, FL
Re: Act To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Now! [Re: John]
    #2859851 - 07/05/04 11:01 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

:thumbup:

I came, I clicked, I left empty handed.

I'm gonna copy your post here, John, and post it at a couple other sites if you don't mind. Thanks for helping make a difference! :smile:


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Invisiblesilversoul7
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Re: Act To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Now! [Re: John]
    #2859852 - 07/05/04 11:01 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

They shouldn't have to vote on an ammendment, as these raids are already blatantly unconstitutional.


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Offlinekosmic_charlie
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Re: Act To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Now! [Re: John]
    #2859874 - 07/05/04 11:10 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I don't hate many people.  But I hate Ashrcroft.  That fascist has got to go.  Thank you Bush for appointing him Attourney General.  :thanx:


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InvisibleJohn
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Registered: 08/08/03
Posts: 7,026
Loc: Vancouver, B.C.
Re: Act To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Now! [Re: silversoul7]
    #2859894 - 07/05/04 11:15 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

IYO...

wandrnshaman cut paste as much as you'd like :stoned:

http://www.ssdp.org/


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