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Letter to my US Senators and Representative

with one comment

Just sent this (via email: paper mail never gets there because of anthrax fears). Easy to email US Senators or US Representatives.

Monterey County just reluctantly made Medical Marijuana ID cards available, conforming belatedly to state law. But when I asked my doctor, he said he was not signing the form for any patients because of the possibility that he would lose his license (and thus his livelihood).

The DEA and our drug laws are simply out of control. Doctors nowadays are reluctant to prescribe pain medication because the DEA, not the physician, decides whether the medication is needed in the amount prescribed. Doctors have been sent to jail for trying to treat their patients’ pain.

And now, despite clear approval of the medical use of marijuana, doctors (and patients) rightly fear that the DEA or state or local law officials will bring charges, despite state laws and referendums approving the practice. The DEA claims that they are not pursuing cases against individual patients and doctors, but that is clearly false. The DEA is, of course, quite comfortable with making false statements – they’ve been doing it for years.

Please sponsor legislation to make medical marijuana legal nationwide, with no prosecution of doctors, patients, or licensed dispensaries.

At the very least, make the DEA respect state laws regarding medical marijuana.

Our drug laws are obsolete, detrimental, expensive, and stupid. If the US would legalize, regulate, and tax drugs (cf. alcohol, tobacco), we would save much money on pointless prosecutions and imprisonment and make much money through the tax revenues. Is this so hard to understand?

Marijuana is a more benign drug than alcohol or tobacco. Is that so hard to understand?

I hope that Democrats in Congress will start to move on this issue. Let an individual state outlaw it if necessary, but in general I think the American public is ready to move on.

Thank you for listening.

Thank you even more for any action you might take.

Sincerely yours,

Written by Leisureguy

11 September 2007 at 4:00 pm

Posted in Congress, Drug laws, Medical

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  1. And on and on it goes Mike. they will never stop it, it is a WAR on drugs. That means beaucoup dollars. the DEA gets a huge budget, an untouchable and unaccountable private police force, and they get to keep all the marijuana, money and assets they seize. And we put them there. Legalize it, the price drops about 90%, and all crimes related to it vanish. (a la Al Capone et al, after prohibition ended). That is just way too easy I am afraid…. *sigh*



    11 September 2007 at 9:08 pm

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