Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Recently, I reported about the raids by FEDS on local Medical Marijuana suppliers. (Boys Town Pot Busts)
In spite of the fact California voters approved a measure to allow compassionate use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, the DEA has been cracking down on the local suppliers, alleging that their outlets are engaging in conduct which amounts to the "...illegal sale of an illicit drug which is outlawed by the Federal Government."
Although local officials (West Hollywood City Council & Los Angeles Board of Supervisors) held emergency meetings with local law enforcement to try to stave off future arrests until the conflicts in State & Federal Statutes could be resolved - bottom line - the FEDS noted their intention to pursue the matter to the full extent of the Law.
Now, Americans for Safe Access, are calling on Governor Schwarzenegger to step into the fray and resolve the issue...
According to ASA,
"Over the past several years, President Bush's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has victimized patients and providers throughout California, undermining State Law and stooping to new levels to shut down access for sick and dying patients in California."
In view of this, Americans for Safe Access have launched a pressure campaign, with the aim of putting the spotlight on Governor Schwarzenegger, so that he will take a stand in respect to patients' rights.
According to ASA, Governor Schwarzenegger can accomplish the goal by taking constructive action now on the part of medical cannabis patients and caregivers, and give a nod to the will of the voters in California at the same time, by standing up to the Bush Administration.
In sum, ASA is urging the Governor to take a stand against Federal medical cannabis Law Enforcement efforts, and in the process, work at harmonizing Federal law with the compassionate laws of California and eleven other states that allow medical cannabis use.
ASA's new campaign consists of statewide call-in days, legislative visits from constituents and lobbyists, and sign-on letters from key public officials and organizations.
The campaign, building momentum in recent days, will be successful if concerned citizens take action now - by drafting letters voicing their concerns, sending e-mails stressing the urgency of the situation, or by appearing on the rally day in person to let their voices be heard in uproarious union!
The bold-faced effort is expected to climax at a mass mobilization effort on Thursday, October 11th, at 12:00 p.m., in front of Schwarzenegger's local office in Los Angeles:
Governor Schwarzenegger's Los Angeles District Office
300 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Additional info: Sonnet@AmericansforSafeAccess.org
Citizens unable to attend the protest are urged to call Governor Schwarzenegger's office and demand that he take a stand on behalf of California citizens with the aim of protecting their rights and putting an end to the DEA raids sanctioned against patients and providers.
The Governor may be reached in Sacramento at: 916-445-2841
In addition, an e-mail campaign designed to pressure the Governor is also underway.
Citizens are urged to send e-mails to the Governor to demand that he ask George W. Bush to recognize California Laws as they pertain to the compassionate use of marijuana, and subsequently, end the "war on patients".
*Citizens may use ASA's online action center to e-mail a form letter.
See you at the rally, Thursday, October 11th!!!