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2/12/97

URGENT: Virginia anti-medmj bill in committee TOMORROW

The Virginia bill to repeal the state's medical marijuana law is being considered in the Senate Committee on Education and Health TOMORROW morning. It is crucial that the bill be stopped in committee, because this committee is more likely to be willing to make a rational decision, rather than a political one. The bill was sent to the full committee without a recommendation by the subcommittee.

Please call your own Senator, and the members of the committee, in opposition to HB 1621, and in support of access to medical marijuana and protection for patients. If you can get to Richmond, please consider attending the hearings. They start in the morning (we don't have the exact time), and will take place at 9th & Broad.

If you are in Virginia, you can call the constituent hotline at (800) 889-0229, 7am-7pm. Mon-Fri. You can also e-mail your Senators via http://208.9.8.6/comment.htm on the web, and you can fax the State Senate at (804) 786-0095. From outside Virginia you can reach your state Senator, or find out who he or she is, by calling (804) 786-3838 (legislative information) or (804) 786-2366 (clerk's office).

Please contact the committee members ASAP. If the bill gets out of committee, it will be much harder to stop. A word to YOUR senator is VERY effective. (Individual phones below are all 804-786-number listed. The toll-free number for out-of-state calls is 800-889-0229, 7am-7pm.)

BARRY, Warren E. (R)    (804) 786-6989

WALKER, Stanley (D)     (804) 786-7280  scwalker@erols.com 

SASLAW, Richard (D)     (804) 786-7391 

LAMBERT, Ben. III (D)   (804) 786-6988 

HOUCK, R. Edward (D)    (804) 786-6883 

LUCAS, L. Louise (D)    (804) 786-6693 

HOWELL, Janet D. (D)    (804) 786-7187  SenHowell@aol.com 

EDWARDS, John S. (D)    (804) 786-6702 

COURIC, Emily (D)       (804) 786-6887  ecouric@aol.com 

CHICHESTER, John (R)    (804) 786-3441  Johnchih@aol.com 

WOODS, Jane H. (R)      (804) 786-7396 

POTTS, H.Russell (R)    (804) 786-6069 

QUAYLE, Frederick (R)   (804) 786-7293 

MARTIN, Steven H. (R)   (804) 786-6797 

NEWMAN, Stephen D.(R)   (804) 786-6595  snewman@inmind.com

For more info, contact Lennice Werth at (804) 645-8816.

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