THC - Cannabis - Ministry :: Community Forum Index
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ENDORSES MEDICAL CANNABIS

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    THC - Cannabis - Ministry :: Community Forum Index -> Medical Cannabis, science and law.
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Mystic Power
admin THC-Ministry YahooGroup
admin THC-Ministry YahooGroup


Joined: 23 Aug 2004
Posts: 3605
Location: Key West

PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:04 pm    Post subject: PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ENDORSES MEDICAL CANNABIS Reply with quote

Press release from MPP.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 22, 2006

Presbyterian Church Endorses Medical Marijuana
Congress to Vote on Measure to Stop Raids Next Week



CONTACT: Bruce Mirken, MPP director of communications, 202-215-4205 or 415-668-6403

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With the U.S. House of Representatives poised to vote on a measure to stop the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from arresting medical marijuana patients in states which permit medical use of marijuana, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has become the latest religious body to endorse legal access to medical marijuana for seriously ill patients.

The resolution, passed by consensus on June 21, affirms "the use of cannabis sativa or marijuana for legitimate medical purposes as recommended by a physician" and urges "federal legislation that allows for its use and that provides for the production and distribution of the plant for those purposes." The full text of the resolution is available at http://72.54.6.218/Business/Business.aspx?iid=134 . The Presbyterian Church (USA) now joins the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ, Union for Reform Judaism, Progressive National Baptist Convention, and the Unitarian Universalist Association in support of medical marijuana.

Next week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment, which would bar the U.S. Department of Justice - including the DEA - from using its funds to interfere with the implementation of medical marijuana laws in the 11 states that have them: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

"Being seriously ill is stressful enough already without living in fear of arrest for taking doctor-recommended medicine," said Rev. Jim McNeil, a representative of the Homestead Presbytery in Nebraska, the regional body that brought the resolution to the General Assembly. "It is the job of religious denominations to give voice to those who cannot speak up for themselves. We pray that Congress will have the compassion to stop this war on patients."

"This action by the Presbyterian Church is further proof that protecting medical marijuana patients is simply not controversial," said Aaron Houston, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. "A lot of people mistakenly believe that the issue of medical marijuana is 'incendiary,' but that's simply not true. An overwhelming majority of Americans want cancer and AIDS patients to be able to use medical marijuana under their doctors' care, and it's time for Congress to listen to the voters."

A November 2005 Gallup poll showed 78 percent support for allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana.

With more than 20,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org.

####
Follow Your Bliss,
Ben
_________________
"We are the Ones we have been waiting for."
~Hopi Elder ~

"In Lak'ech"
~ Ancient Mayan: "I am another YOU." ~
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    THC - Cannabis - Ministry :: Community Forum Index -> Medical Cannabis, science and law. All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
Public forum Public Forum Members only Members only forum Members Group Members Group

THC-Light skin designed for Amsterdam Cannabis Ministry by JuggoPop
phpBB Group | THC Ministry Members | Cannabis Religion | Sacrament | Forum html archives | Site Map | RSS Feed |
ScriptWiz.com phpbb HTML Archiver - Created by ScriptWiz.com and released by Skinz.org