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  • ShereeKrider 9:41 pm on May 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amendment, , MPP, representatives, TY 2013 Commerce   

    Democrats Look to End Federal Intervention of Medical Marijuana 


    Submitted by Marijuana Policy Project on May 10, 2012

    WASHINGTONDemocrats in the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve an amendment to the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill late Tuesday that would effectively end the ability of federal agencies to enforce federal marijuana laws against individuals who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

    The amendment stated that federal agencies may not use any funds to target individuals in states with medical marijuana laws, as long as those people are following the laws of their respective states. This amendment, which was debated five times last decade, was reintroduced after an increase in federal actions against state-legal medical marijuana providers throughout the country over the last year.
    The amendment was supported by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (D-California), Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-New York), Rep. Sam Farr (D-California), and Rep. Tom McClintock (D-California). It was defeated in the House by a vote of 163-262 at the close of voting. Of those in favor, 134 were Democrats and 29 were Republicans, with 72% of Democrats backing the measure.
    The strong support among Democrats is notable in light of recent criticism of the Obama administration’s crackdown on medical marijuana providers despite campaign promises that he would not use federal resources to undermine state medical marijuana laws.
    “It is encouraging to see so many members sending a clear message to the Obama administration,” said Steve Fox, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project. “These 163 members are tired of seeing federal resources dedicated to undermining state medical marijuana laws. They understand, especially members from medical marijuana states, that when the Obama administration forces the closure of medical marijuana dispensaries, they are driving patients back to the streets to acquire their medicine. States are doing the right thing by ensuring that patients have safe access to medical marijuana. It is only a matter of time before every member of Congress accepts this truth.”
    Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with a recommendation from their doctor. Connecticut is poised to become the 17th state to pass a medical marijuana law. Another ten states are considering bills to make marijuana legal at this time. CONTINUE READING…

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  • ShereeKrider 7:27 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ballot initiative, , , governor beshear, , , , , organization, representatives, ,   

    Action Alert: Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky 


     

     

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    SENATE BILL 129

    The Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act

    Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

    · Changes Marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II

    · Allows qualified patients to possess 5 ounces and to grow 5 plants

    · Requires State Pharmacy board to set up rules for distribution

    · Allows Physicians to prescribe without penalty

     

    What to do

    1) Find and Email your State Senator at http://www.lrc.ky.gov

    Example: Dear Senator _______, I’m writing you today to ask you to support Senate Bill 129, The Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act. Marijuana is clearly not a dangerous drug and it definitely has Medical value. Kentucky doctors and patients should decide appropriate medical care, not Washington Bureaucrats . Sixteen other states have passed similar legislation and I believe that Kentucky should join those states and protect citizens with illnesses from legal sanctions. Our veterans returning from war especially deserve access to marijuana for the physical and emotional trauma they’ve suffered. It’s the Christian thing to do! Note: Personalize your email and include examples of people who are in need.

    2) Follow up with a call to the Legislature Message line @ 1 (800) 372-7181

    You can also call your State Senator directly. Their contact Information is available on their webpage on the lrc website. You can use the above example, but be sure to personalize your call and include examples of people you know who have a medical need. Ask them to co-sponsor the legislation.

    3) Repeat the above two steps with your State Representative

    You have both a State Senator and a State Representative. This is a Senate bill. Ask your representative to write and sponsor a companion bill for the House of Representatives.

    4) Make an appointment to meet them in Frankfort to discuss the bill

    They are your voice in government. They can’t refuse to meet with you. If you have the courage to speak to them in person, be sure to dress and conduct yourself professionally. You will probably only get 15 minutes with them, so be prepared and bring this flyer or some other document that supports your position. You will enjoy the trip to Frankfort, it’s a beautiful place.

    5) Copy this Flyer and share/post it everywhere!!!

    Send a quick email to legalsmile2012@gmail.com so that I can get information to you rapidly. We will have to act quickly when the bill goes before committee. Please let me know your story and if you wish to testify before the committee (anyone can). It’s your government!!!

    LINKS:

    SB129 Ky Legislature

    The Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Act of 2012

    Kentucky Medical Marijuana/Cannabis Act

    The White House – Resources

     
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