The States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act

6 May 2005 - 8:30am

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The legislation has been reintroduced

Republicans Ron Paul (TX) and Dana Rohrbacher (CA) and Democrats Barney
Frank (MA) and Sam Farr (CA), have reintroduced the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act. This bill, which will be assigned a bill number within a day or so, has been introduced in each of the last several sessions of Congress, and has gained increased support and co-sponsorship each time around.

This bill would reschedule marijuana under federal law so those states that wish to legalize the medical use of marijuana under state law could do so without federal interference. If this bill were approved by Congress, federal prosecution of patients who qualify for medical use under state law would end, and states could actually provide medical marijuana to patients who qualify under state law.

While the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act has drawn more and more co-sponsors each year, it has failed to receive a hearing in committee.

Our hope is that this year the bill will finally receive a fair hearing, and be voted out of committee. However, this will not happen unless members of Congress hear from their constituents in support of this legislation. We are asking every NORML supporter to contact their Congressman and urge their full support for the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act.

Please take two minutes to send a pre-written letter to your Member of Congress, asking them to co-sponsor and support the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act by visiting:

Thank you for your time and support.

Sincerely,Kris Krane
Associate Director

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