|Medical Maijuana Defense Bill - A Reality
21 March 2003 - Arutama
The new medical marijuana affirmative defense bill in Congress is a reality! On Friday, March 21, three members of the
If you have not yet sent a fax to your
The Marijuana Policy Project is especially excited about this new bill, having played a major role in the development and drafting of it. The purpose of the bill -- which will be known as the Patients' and Providers' Truth in Trials Act or, simply, the Truth in Trials Act -- is to correct the most fundamental injustice associated with medical marijuana today: the arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment of patients and providers by the federal government. It accomplishes this by providing defendants with an affirmative defense to marijuana charges. By raising this affirmative defense, any defendant who is found to have been acting in compliance with state medical marijuana law could not be sent to federal prison.
Pending the outcome of the situation in
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Since February 4, 14,801 faxes have been sent from MPP e-mail subscribers to members of Congress. This is a fantastic display of support -- but far short of what is possible. In order to inspire activity through a friendly sense of competition, we continue to provide you with a running tally of which states are producing the most and the fewest faxes.
Since our last alert,
If you want to see your state move up in the rankings, take action now by visiting http://www.mpp.org/USA/action.html. When you have completed this two-minute process, please use our "Tell a Friend" feature to encourage other people in your state and elsewhere to send faxes, too.
Top 10 states (with the average number of faxes sent per House district):
Bottom 10 states (with the average number of faxes sent per House district):
Thank you for doing your part to ensure that democracy will triumph and the will of the 80 percent of the American public who support medical marijuana will prevail.
National Field Director
Marijuana Policy Project
P.S. Please distribute this message widely to friends and family who might be willing to visit http://www.mpp.org/USA to send a pre-written letter to their three members of Congress. Thank you.