FYI: Support Hinchey-Rohrabacher bill
- The RLC National Board has endorsed the Hinchey-
Rohrabacher bill, signing on to a coalition letter in support.
Please do what you can to communicate with your federal
We’re sending out an alert Monday morning urging our supporters to call
Congress in support of the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment. Feel free to use the
text below for an alert to your lists, friends, etc.
-Bill Piper, Drug Policy Alliance
SUBJECT: Urgent: Call Congress TODAY!
Congress will vote on an amendment this week (possibly Tuesday afternoon)
that would protect cancer, AIDS and other patients who use marijuana for
medical reasons from federal prosecution. Lawmakers need to hear that their
constituents demand protection for sick people, so call your Representative as soon
as possible and forward this alert to everyone you know.
What to Do: Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask to speak to
your Representative. If you’re not sure who represents you, the operator can
tell you. You can also look up your Representative at www.house.gov by entering
your zip code at the top.
What to Say: Once the operator transfers you to your Representative’s
office, give the person that answers the phone the following message: “Hi, I’m a
constituent. I’m calling to urge my Representative to vote for the
Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment to the Justice spending bill, which will
be voted on this week. I would also like him (or her) to send me a letter
letting me know how he (or she) voted. This issue is very important to me.”
(Hinchey-Rohrabacher is pronounced Hinchee Roy Bocker.)
Then forward this alert to friends, family, etc.
On Monday, June 6th the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the federal
government has the authority to prosecute medical marijuana patients and their
caregivers, even in states where marijuana is legal for medical use. The
Majority, which expressed sympathy for medical marijuana patients, declared that it
was up to Congress to change federal law to protect sick and dying patients.
When the U.S. House of Representatives considers a Justice Department funding
bill this week Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-22nd/NY) and Congressman Dana
Rohrabacher (R-46th/CA) will offer a bi-partisan amendment on the House floor
prohibiting the Justice Department and DEA from spending any money
undermining state medical marijuana laws. 148 Representatives voted for a similar
amendment last year - 70% of Democrats and 19 Republicans.
The amendment would not prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
from arresting people using, growing, or selling marijuana for recreational
use. Nor would it prevent the DEA from arresting patients for medical marijuana
in states that have not approved it. It simply prevents the federal
government from arresting cancer, AIDS, and other patients who use marijuana for
medical reasons in states that allow it.
Please urge your U.S. Representative to support the Hinchey-Rohrabacher
medical marijuana amendment to the Justice Department spending bill by calling
the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.