Tuesday, June 20, 2006

My Mom is Not a Criminal

Tell the Feds to Stop Arresting the Seriously Ill

My mom suffers from multiple sclerosis, and – on her doctor’s recommendation – uses marijuana to alleviate the painful symptoms of her disease. Luckily, our state legislature in Rhode Island just passed a law to protect seriously ill medical marijuana patients like her from arrest.

But alarmingly, the federal government still classifies my mother as a criminal and reserves the right to put her in jail just for trying to ease her pain.

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on an amendment to stop the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending any money to arrest medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island and the ten other states that have made the compassionate choice to allow doctors to make medical decisions for their patients.

People like my mom need you to take action now and tell Congress to respect states’ rights to protect the seriously ill. To make it as easy as possible for you, our allies at the Marijuana Policy Project have created a prewritten letter that you can quickly edit and send to your member of Congress. All you have to do is click over to http://action.mpp.org

This amendment has been voted on for the past three years and it keeps getting more and more support. Last year, we got 161 votes out of the 218 we need. We can pass the amendment this year and finally stop the federal government’s war on medical marijuana patients – but not without your help.

My mom and other people suffering from serious illnesses need you to take action today.

Please do your part and send a letter to your member of Congress by visiting http://action.mpp.org

From my family to yours,
Tom Angell
SSDP Campaigns Director

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