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Dear NORML Supporter:
On May 22, 2003, HR 2233, the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act, was
reintroduced in the US House of Representatives by a bi-partisan coalition,
led by Republicans Ron Paul (TX) and Dana Rohrabacher (CA) and Democrats
Barney Frank (MA) and Jane Schakowski (IL). Currently 38 members of Congress
have signed-on as cosponsors to HR 2233.
HR 2233 would amend federal law so those states that wish to legalize the
medical use of marijuana could do so without federal interference. If this
bill were approved by Congress, federal prosecution of patients and
caregivers who qualify for medical use under state law would end.
As you know, the Bush administration has arrested and prosecuted in federal
court more than 40 Californians who were acting legally under the provisions
of Proposition 215, the state's medical marijuana initiative approved by the
voters in 1996. It is imperative that we advance HR 2233 in the Congress to
stop these misguided and heavy-handed federal prosecutions.
- What is needed now? A companion medical marijuana bill in the U.S.
Although this proposed amendment to federal law has been introduced in the
House of Representatives in each of the last several sessions of Congress,
gaining additional cosponsors each time, no similar bill has been introduced
in the US Senate. Despite the strong support for medical use among
California voters, neither of the two US senators from California have been
willing to introduce a companion bill in the Senate.
We need your help to end this logjam and begin the long-overdue debate over
the medical use of marijuana in the US Senate.
We are asking NORML supporters in California to write Senator Barbara Boxer
to ask her to introduce a Senate companion bill to HR 2233.
Senator Boxer takes pride in being one of the more progressive members in
the United States Senate. Yet to date she has said or done virtually nothing
to defend the medical marijuana patients and caregivers in California. It is
time that Sen. Boxer took a stand for medical marijuana.
With Sen. Boxer's re-election looming next year, it is important that she
hear from her constituents who support the medical use of marijuana. Please
take two minutes to send a pre-written letter urging Sen. Boxer to introduce
a companion bill to HR 2233, and let her know that you will not support her
bid for re-election unless she stands up for the rights of California's
medical marijuana patients, by visiting:
Thanks in advance for your help. 80% of the American public support the
medical use of marijuana. It's time Sen. Boxer reflected the views of her