Cannabis Sacrament Minister
Joined: 12 Dec 2003
|Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 10:44 pm Post subject: United States House of Representatives petition
|Dear Lilli *****,
If you've been reading Drug War Chronicle for awhile or
otherwise following the issue, you probably remember that last
summer the United States House of Representatives held an
important vote on medical marijuana: An amendment sponsored by
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), cosponsored by Rep. Dana
Rohrabacher (R-CA), would have forbid the US Dept. of Justice
from using its resources to interfere with state medical
marijuana laws. Though the Hinchey amendment was defeated, the
number of members who voted for it, 152, represented a 150%
increase in Congressional support for medical marijuana since
the only previous House vote on the issue five years before.
Rep. Hinchey is again championing his amendment this summer, and
it is anticipated that a vote on it will take place sometime
If you haven't moved since the last time you used our online
lobbying system (zip code 64124 in Kansas city, MO),
then the member of Congress who represents you in Washington, DC
is Rep. Karen McCarthy. Rep.
McCarthy voted the right way on the Hinchey
amendment last year, approving it and putting the Dept. of
Justice on notice that a growing number of elected leaders
oppose the raids against medical marijuana patients and the
clinics that serve them in states like California, Maryland,
Oregon and elsewhere that have enacted medical marijuana laws
through ballot initiative or votes by legislators.
I am writing today to ask you to e-mail and call Rep.
McCarthy to say thank you for that YES vote, to
inform the office staff that the amendment is coming up for a
vote again, and to ask for another YES vote on it when it does.
Lilli, the truth is that there is only so much we can
do here in Washington to persuade people like Rep.
McCarthy to support medical marijuana laws. It is
just as important they know they are appreciated for doing the
right thing as it is for the bad guys to hear from us when the
do the wrong thin. That's why I hope you'll take a few moments
to contact Rep. McCarthy today to espress your
appreciation for last year's vote for medical marijuana.
To take action, please do the following:
1) If the address we have listed for you above is still
accurate, please send an e-mail to Rep. McCarthy by
or by clicking "reply-to-all" to send an e-mail to the long
complicated gao.org address appearing in the header of this
e-mail. If you are using the e-mail reply option, please change
the subject line of your e-mail to "hinchey". The text of
sample letter appears below; you are encouraged to edit and
personalize it, but you may also send it as is.
If you've moved or the address was incorrect, please visit
and follow the
instructions on screen for looking up how your Rep. voted on the
Hinchey amendment last year, how to look up who your Rep. is if
you don't know, and then follow the link to the appropriate
sample letter (voted no, voted yes, or missed the vote) and
proceed to send a copy.
2) Please call Rep. McCarthy's office on the phone
at (202) 225-4535 and follow up your request for
another YES vote on the Hinchey medical marijuana amendment.
When you're done, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know you've taken
action and to report to us any information you receive from the
staffer taking your call on Rep. McCarthy's
intentions. We will forward any such information to lobbyists
working on this bill here in Washington.
3) Please use the tell-a-friend form on our action alert web
site, or forward this e-mail, to let your friends and other
likely medical marijuana supporters know that now is the time to
I also wanted to let you know that this Friday, June 4, a
coalition of organizations has organized a National Day of
Action for Medical Marijuana, and it's not too late for you to
be part of it. Visit
further information on that event.
Thanks for being a part of this, Lilli. This issue
will turn around because of people like you. Please feel free to
write or call me anytime with your questions, comments or
concerns, or just to say hi. Take care.
David Borden, Executive Director
StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network
INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA EMAIL: Just choose the "reply to
sender" option in your e-mail program and make sure your message
is being sent to the long and complicated ga0.org address in the
header. You MUST Reply with "hinchey" in the subject.
----FEEL FREE TO EDIT THIS LETTER OR SEND IT AS IS----
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
Later this summer, the House of Representatives will vote on an
amendment by Rep. Maurice Hinchey to forbid the Dept. of Justice
from using our taxpayer resources to squash state medical
marijuana laws. Last year you voted YES on the Hinchey
I think that was a terrific decision on your part, and I hope
you will vote YES on the Hinchey amendment again this time.
States should be able to set these kinds of policies without
federal interference, and patients who need marijuana for relief
from serious medical conditions should not be interfered with by
the federal government!
Lastly, aren't there more important things for DOJ to be doing
that could actually make Americans safer? Pursuing medical
marijuana users and their providers should be at the very bottom
of the priority list. Unlike you, any member of Congress who
votes against the Hinchey amendment either thinks we have all
the money in the world to do everything, or just doesn't take
national security or crime very seriously.
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