Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Calif. medical marijuana vote imminent; call your Assemblymember today!

by Marijuana Policy Project • Monday, May. 26, 2008 at 11:08 PM


Medical marijuana action alert

Sometime in the next few days, the full Assembly will be voting on A.B. 2743 — MPP-sponsored legislation that would direct state and local law enforcement agencies not to assist with federal raids on state-legal medical marijuana patients and providers. I am writing to ask for a few minutes of your time to help make sure the bill passes.

Please make a personal phone call to your Assembly member’s office today. You can obtain contact information for your legislator by visiting http://snipurl.com/ab2743 .

It is easy in an election year for a legislator to abstain from votes that he or she perceives as controversial. And some segments of the law enforcement community are heavily lobbying against this bill. That’s why it’s so important that constituents call on their Assembly members to defend the state’s protections for patients: This bill can pass, but it needs your help.

Making the call is easy. Just visit MPP’s action page (http://snipurl.com/ab2743), enter your zip code, and call your Assembly member at the number provided. Feel free to use the script provided to help guide you through your call. If you reach the office voicemail, please leave a message.

If approved, A.B. 2743 – authored by Assembly Member Lori Saldaña (D-San Diego) – will dramatically improve protections for California’s medical marijuana patients and providers. you can read more about the bill here: http://www.mpp.org/states/california/ab2743-briefing.html

Federal raids on California’s medical marijuana facilities often rely on significant help from local law enforcement agencies; in many cases, local agents have even asked federal agents to raid patients and providers. A.B. 2743 will create a policy of respecting the state’s protections for medical marijuana patients and their providers.

Passage of this landmark bill will not be possible without your participation. Making contact with state policy-makers is one of the most effective ways to help change the laws.

Thank you for taking action to support our state’s rights to self determination and safe access to medical marijuana for seriously ill and injured patients.

Please don’t forget to forward this message on to friends, family, and co-workers in California, so that they too can take action.


Aaron Smith
California Organizer
Marijuana Policy Project