What you can do!!!

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by RMJL, Jul 27, 2002.

  1. (This is an email I received Thursday.)

    Dear friends,

    U.S. Rep. Pete Stark -- one of two UUs in the House of Representatives
    -- is a primary co-sponsor of a federal bill to allow states to give
    seriously ill people legal access to medical marijuana. See
    http://www.mpp.org/USA/bills_66.html for the text of H.R. 2592.

    UUs for Drug Policy Reform (UUDPR) is pleased that Rep. Stark is acting
    in accordance with the UUA's new drug policy Statement of Conscience,
    which says, "End the practice of punishing an individual for obtaining,
    possessing, or using an otherwise illegal substance to treat a medical

    Unfortunately, U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) will soon introduce legislation
    to OPPOSE medical marijuana. Specifically, a medical marijuana
    initiative will be on the ballot this November in Washington, D.C. --
    and Rep. Barr will be introducing federal legislation to prevent it from
    taking effect.

    UUDPR Director of Communications Regina Deavers will soon be contacting
    UUs who live in the districts of the 120 congressional "swing votes" on
    this issue.

    In the meantime, here's something that everyone can do:


    * The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote in September on
    whether it will either (1) allow D.C. voters to pass a medical marijuana
    law on November 5, or (2) overturn the will of D.C. voters even before
    they have a chance to vote on the initiative this November. To find out
    who your U.S. Representative is and fax a pre-written letter on this
    issue, please see http://www.mpp.org/DCI/action.html (This web page
    also gives you the option of personalizing your letter.)

    * When you receive a response from your U.S. Representative, please fax
    a copy to UUs for Drug Policy Reform at 301-270-7276, or e-mail
    reginadeavers@uudpr.org to summarize his/her response.

    * Forward this message to others in your congregation. Encourage your
    minister and social action coordinator to get involved. Perhaps print
    out a batch of pre-written letters and set up a table at coffee hour to
    encourage others in your congregation to sign them.

    * E-mail ReginaDeavers@uudpr.org to let her know if there are any
    members of your congregation who are doctors, nurses, medical marijuana
    users, or friends/relatives of people who have a need for medical
    marijuana. UUDPR would like to work with them (and the rest of your
    congregation) to convince your U.S. Representative to vote in September
    in favor of allowing D.C. voters to legalize medical marijuana.

    * Please visit http://www.uudpr.org to read the entire UUA drug policy
    Statement of Conscience, and consider making a financial contribution to
    enable us to do our work of giving public witness to it.

    NOTE: The UUA Statement of Conscience also calls for the legalization
    of marijuana for non-medical uses. However, the only federal
    legislative activity specific to marijuana is limited to its medical
    uses. Hopefully this is something that all UUs will support.

    To learn more about the medical marijuana issue, click here:



    Charles Thomas, executive director
    Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform
    7127 Carroll Ave., #4
    Takoma Park, MD 20912


    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its
    victims may be the most oppressive." -- C. S. Lewis

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