Target: Members of Congress
Goal: Provide federal defendants the right to use state law compliance as evidence in medical marijuana trials.
Medical marijuana laws have been adopted by 19 U.S. jurisdictions; however, medical marijuana patients and businesses still face federal prosecution. Because federal law trumps state laws, federal defendants cannot use state law compliance as evidence in medical marijuana trials. Please sign this petition and support legislation allowing defendants to cite their status as a state authorized medical marijuana user or distributor in federal trials.
The States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act would allow states to establish production and distribution laws without interference by the federal government. The bill states, “No provision of the Controlled Substances Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict in a State in which marijuana may be prescribed or recommended by a physician for medical use under applicable State law.” Protection is included for commercial landlords and businesses that rent space to medical marijuana centers, and would prevent businesses from getting their property seized by the government.
Despite overwhelming public support and the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the federal government continues to insist that marijuana has no medicinal value. This vehement denial of scientific evidence and patient testimony allows federal prosecutors to exclude any reference to medical marijuana patients and business owners acting in accordance with their own state laws. This guaranteed conviction forces defendants to take plea bargains imposing years of prison time. Since taking office, President Obama has been responsible for nearly 100 medical marijuana-related prosecutions.
Please sign this petition and urge members of congress to support legislation that would recognize a state’s medical marijuana compliance laws in federal prosecutions.
Dear Members of Congress,
Recently legislation has been introduced that would extend protections for state compliant medical marijuana patients and business owners in federal prosecutions. Currently, due to the Controlled Substances Act classifying marijuana in the same category as heroin, LSD and peyote, a patient’s state rights are not acknowledged in federal proceedings. Please support the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act that would allow medical marijuana patients and businesses to legally access and distribute medicine without fear of federal persecution.
More than a dozen members of congress co-introduced the bill that would provide federal defendants the right to use state law compliance as evidence in medical marijuana trials, a right they are currently denied. The States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act would also allow states to establish production and distribution laws without interference by the federal government. This protection would provide peace of mind for medical marijuana industry members, landlords and maybe in time, banking resources. These protections will allow patients safe access to medicine and encourage legitimate business practices in an industry where barriers prevent transparency. Inevitably these small businesses, like any other industry, have potential to increase state revenue, create jobs and support the local economy.
Please support the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act and limit federal prosecutions to those breaking federal laws, rather than accessing or distributing state sanctioned medical marijuana.
[Your Name Here]
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