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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:22 am    Post subject: *** URGENT ACTION NEEDED *********** Reply with quote

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Today, a bill to eliminate all federal penalties for marijuana possession was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Would you please take one minute to ask your U. S. representative to support this bill? MPP's easy online action system makes it simple ? just enter your name and contact info and we'll do the rest.

"The Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008," introduced by Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), would eliminate the threat of arrest and prison for the possession of up to 3.5 ounces of marijuana and/or the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana. It would not affect federal laws prohibiting selling marijuana for profit, importing and exporting marijuana, or cultivating marijuana. It also would not affect any state or local laws and regulations.

Because almost all marijuana arrests are made by local and state police, the primary impact of this federal bill is twofold: First, it would offer protection to people who are apprehended with marijuana in federal buildings or on federal land (such as national parks); and, second, the bill sends a message to state governments that the federal government is now open to the notion of states reducing their marijuana penalties, too.

This historic legislation comes 36 years after the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse made a similar recommendation to President Richard Nixon, suggesting that he decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

MPP has worked closely with Congressman Frank?s staff over the last year, helping to craft the legislation and build political support for the proposal on Capitol Hill.

Now that the bill has been introduced, members of Congress need to hear from their constituents who want to see it passed.
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Rob Kampia
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Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.


*Federal Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced by Rep.
Ron Paul

Washington, DC: Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced H.R. 5842, the ?Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act,? earlier today. This bill would make federal authorities respect states' current laws on medicinal cannabis and end DEA raids on facilities distributing medical marijuana legally under state law.

Representative Paul, whose presidential campaign prominently featured the ending of the drug war as a platform plank, was joined by Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) in sponsoring this bill.

?I think marijuana is a helpful medical treatment for the people who have intractable nausea,? Paul said in a 2004 House debate regarding a similar measure. ?I would like to point out this is not something strange that we are suggesting here. For the first 163 years of our history in this country, the federal government had total hands off, they never interfered with what the states were doing.

Twelve states have approved the use of medical marijuana, beginning with California in 1996 with the passage of Proposition 215. The DEA continues to raid and harass medicinal cannabis dispensaries operating within these states' laws. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have both indicated they would end such raids should they be elected.

Michigan will vote on an initiative to adopt medical cannabis legislation this November. Minnesota and Rhode Island's respective legislatures are also considering pro-reform legislation this year.

For more information, contact NORML Legal Director Keith Stroup at (202) 483-5500.
Supporters can write their Representatives in favor of this bill at:
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish you all the luck I can.

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