Sat, 19 Jun 2004 Dear Friend: The Marijuana Policy Project's medical marijuana initiative in Montana is headed for the ballot. Today, MPP finished turning in more than 32,000 signatures to the Montana government, which is more than enough to qualify our initiative for the November 2 ballot. The initiative would protect patients and caregivers from state-level arrest and prosecution for possessing and/or growing their own marijuana. If passed by a majority of Montana voters, the initiative would have a dramatic impact on the lives of people like Robin Prosser. Robin suffers from an immunosuppressive disorder and is allergic to narcotic pain medications. On May 9, the physical suffering caused by her lack of access to the only medicine that eases her symptoms -- marijuana -- drove her to attempt suicide. When the police went to her home to save her, they allegedly found two resinated marijuana pipes. Now she faces up to a year in jail ... and stands to lose her federally subsidized housing if she is convicted. Please visit http://www.MontanaCares.org/news/ to read more about her case. (The May 28 article begins: "Robin Prosser has lost her house, her dog, her cat and her prized shiny-black Kawai grand piano over being sick for more than a decade and trying to use marijuana as medicine.") If Montana voters pass MPP's initiative on November 2, any charges that are pending against Robin at that time would almost surely be dropped or dismissed. And, just as importantly, the Montana government would never again prosecute people like her. Please visit http://www.MontanaCares.org to read about the initiative and lend your financial support to the campaign. The initiative would make Montana the 10th state to protect medical marijuana patients from arrest and jail. Just last month, Vermont became the ninth state to allow medical marijuana use by seriously ill people, when the state legislature passed MPP's medical marijuana bill and Gov. Jim Douglas (R) allowed it to become law. And if we are also successful at passing our medical marijuana bill in New York and our medical marijuana ballot initiative in Arkansas, MPP's work this year will have increased the number of states that protect medical marijuana patients from eight to 12. A February 2002 poll commissioned by MPP found that 66% of Montana residents support allowing seriously ill people to use marijuana if recommended by a doctor, so the likelihood of the initiative passing is strong. But we need money -- lots of it -- to continue with this campaign and to purchase TV ads in the weeks leading up to Election Day. If you support what MPP is doing in Montana and other states, please visit http://www.MontanaCares.org/donate0998 to make a financial contribution today. Thanks so much ... Sincerely, Rob Kampia Executive Director Marijuana Policy Project Washington, D.C.