D.C. medical marijuana drive starts -- please help!
- From: Rob@...Reply-To: Rob@...To: heavy7no@...Subject: D.C. medical marijuana drive starts -- please help!Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 20:47:27 -0400Dear Friend,As reported in today's Washington Post, the Marijuana Policy projectis now legally permitted to collect signatures to place our medicalmarijuana initiative on the ballot in our nation's capital. Would youplease help us in one of three ways?We must collect 40,000 total signatures (which translates into 20,000valid signatures) in D.C. between now and July 7. This is a monumentaleffort! 1. TRAVEL TO D.C. AND GET PAID TO COLLECT SIGNATURES: Can you commit to gathering 200 signatures per day for 20 days, starting immediately? We will pay for your round-trip plane ticket, provide you with a hotel room, and pay you $2 per valid signature. (200 total signatures per day translates into about 100 valid signatures per day, which means you would be paid about $200 per day.) Please call MPP's Kat DeBurgh at 202-462-5747 ext. 101 if you are interested in earning about $4,000 in three weeks. Those who are willing to fly to D.C. within the next two days will be given preferential treatment. 2. VOLUNTEER IN D.C.: If you already have a full-time job and live near D.C., would you please volunteer to collect 120 signatures between now and July 7? The training session will take about one hour, and you can collect 120 signatures in about five hours by standing outside of a Metro stop or a supermarket. The first training session is tomorrow (Saturday) at 1:00 p.m. at Armand's Pizza at 226 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, on Capitol Hill. Please sign up at http://www.mpp.org/dcinitiative/volunteer.html if you can come to this training or a future training, where you will be given free pizza and a free medical marijuana T-shirt to wear while gathering signatures. 3. DONATE TO PAY FOR SIGNATURE DRIVE: If you aren't able to collect signatures on a volunteer or paid basis, would you be willing to donate money so that others may be paid $2 per valid signature? Please donate at http://www.mpp.org/dcinitiative/contribute.html at your earliest convenience.In 1998, D.C. voters passed a medical marijuana initiative with 69% ofthe vote. Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA) and other hard-line drugwarriors in Congress kept this initiative from taking effect, thenbarred D.C. residents from ever voting on the issue again -- tramplingon the will of the voters and the rights of patients.Three months ago, MPP beat Rep. Barr and the U.S. Justice Departmentin federal court, winning the right to run a new medical marijuanainitiative in D.C.And one week ago in D.C. Superior Court, MPP successfully defended theinitiative from a legal challenge by a team of local activists whowere trying to prevent the signature drive from starting.Finally, yesterday, the local D.C. government gave us our petitions.We must now collect 40,000 total signatures between now and July 7. Ifwe do, D.C. voters will surely pass our medical marijuana initiativethis November, which means Congress will have to debate and vote onwhether it will allow the local medical marijuana law to take effect... or whether Congress will overturn the will of the voters.We must gather 2,000 signatures a day for 20 days -- from June 16 toJuly 7, with a one-day break on July 4 -- in order to qualify ourmeasure for the November ballot.This is a monumental effort. Would you please help in one of the threeways listed above? Thank you!
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