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Bush's DEA and protest Friday September 6 at noon

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  • martinjg@flash.net
    Thursday 5 September 2002 Dear Friend, Just as Canada leapfrogs over England in the quest to reduce the criminal market for marijuana, the U.S. government
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 6, 2002
      Thursday 5 September 2002
      Dear Friend,

      Just as Canada leapfrogs over England in the quest to reduce the
      criminal market for marijuana, the U.S. government steps up its
      persecution of the sick and dying ...

      * This morning, DEA agents raided the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical
      Marijuana in Santa Cruz, California. This co-op grew marijuana and
      distributed it free to its 300 members -- 85 percent of whom are
      terminally ill with cancer, late-stage AIDS, or other horrible
      illnesses -- and was known statewide as a caring and conscientious
      operation. But that didn't matter to the two dozen armed DEA
      agents who swarmed down on the co-op, tore up its garden and
      arrested founders Valerie and Mike Corral on marijuana trafficking
      charges, taking them away in handcuffs. In press interviews, DEA
      spokespeople are no longer denying that they are explicitly going
      after medical marijuana providers. Indeed, they appear to be
      targeting the most conscientious and ethical dispensaries in an
      effort to send a message that no one is safe. Please check
      http://www.mpp.org tomorrow (Friday) for articles that will be
      appearing in the Oakland Tribune and elsewhere.

      * Yesterday, the Canadian Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs
      released a landmark report that calls for sweeping changes in
      Canada's marijuana laws. The report states, "Clearly, current
      approaches are ineffective and inefficient. Ultimately, their
      effect amounts to throwing taxpayers' money down the drain in a
      crusade that is not warranted by the danger posed by the
      substance. ... As far as cannabis is concerned, only behaviour
      causing demonstrable harm to others should be prohibited: illegal
      trafficking, selling to minors and impaired driving. ... In our
      opinion, Canadian society is ready for a responsible policy of
      cannabis regulation that complies with these basic principles."
      This group of venerable Canadian senators is recommending exactly
      what MPP's Nevada ballot initiative would do. For details on the
      Canadian report, see http://www.mpp.org/releases/nr090302.html .

      * Two days ago, the DEA debuted its distasteful and disgraceful
      museum exhibit in Arlington, Virginia, which seeks to exploit the
      victims of the September 11 attacks by accusing casual drug users
      of funding terrorism. MPP blasted the exhibit in a national
      Associated Press story, while at the same time releasing our own
      on-line exhibit that charges, "It is the 'War on Drugs' that
      promotes terrorism, and the DEA and its law-enforcement allies
      regularly commit terrorist acts." Please see ...

      http://www.mpp.org/states/site/quicknews.cgi?key=1467
      http://www.mpp.org/releases/nr090202.html
      http://www.mpp.org/TargetAmerica


      Sincerely,

      Rob Kampia
      Executive Director
      Marijuana Policy Project
      Washington, D.C.

      P.S. To donate to MPP's ballot initiative campaign in Nevada, please
      see http://www.NRLE.org .

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      TO: Concerned Californians*

      FROM: Bruce Mirken, MPP director of communications

      DATE: Thursday, September 5, 2002

      SUBJECT: Protest the DEA's latest attack on the sick

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      Early in the morning of Sept. 5, DEA agents raided the Wo/Men's
      Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in Santa Cruz. This co-op grew
      marijuana and distributed it free to its 300 members -- 85 percent of
      whom are terminally ill with cancer, late-stage AIDS, or other
      horrible illnesses -- and was known statewide as a caring and
      conscientious operation.

      But that didn't matter to the two dozen armed DEA agents who swarmed
      down on the co-op, tore up its garden and arrested founders Valerie
      and Mike Corral on marijuana trafficking charges, taking them away in
      handcuffs. In press interviews, DEA spokespeople are no longer denying
      that they are explicitly going after medical marijuana providers.
      Indeed, they appear to be targeting the most conscientious and ethical
      dispensaries in an effort to send a message that no one is safe.

      This is nothing but state-sponsored terrorism. Please join us to
      demand an end to the DEA's war on the sick:

      (1) PROTEST. MPP is working with Americans for Safe Access --
      http://www.safeaccessnow.org -- to stage protests at federal
      buildings all over the state at noon on Friday, Sept. 6. Call
      ASA at 510-486-8083 for details of an action near you, or plan
      your own.

      (2) CALL SENATORS BOXER AND FEINSTEIN. Congress can stop this DEA
      terrorism by passing H.R. 2592, the States' Rights to Medical
      Marijuana Act, sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by
      Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). But no similar bill has been
      introduced in the Senate. Call Senators Boxer and Feinstein and
      demand that they stand up for California's most vulnerable
      citizens by introducing a Senate bill equivalent to HR 2592.

      Sen. Barbara Boxer: 202-224-3553
      Sen. Diane Feinstein: 202-224-3841

      Please act NOW to help us end our government's vicious attack on
      seriously ill people

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