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3/4/98

CALIFORNIA: Protest and Letter Writing Alert

[PROTEST IN SAN FRANCISCO 3/24 -- SEE BELOW]

Richard Rainey, State Senator from Walnut Creek, has introduced a bill, SB 2113, which would sharply restrict the medical use of marijuana. Because it would modify Prop. 215, it would have to go to the voters as a ballot measure if passed, requiring major investments in time and money to ensure its defeat.

Meanwhile, on the positive side, Sen. John Vasconcellos (D- Santa Clara) has introduced SB 1887, establishing a Medical Marijuana Distribution Task Force to research and make recommendations for a medical marijuana distribution system, and SB 535, creating a medical marijuana research program. Vasconcellos has also called for a statewide summit on safe, responsible distribution of medical marijuana, and has invited Gov. Pete Wilson, Cal. Attorney General Dan Lungren and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno to participate.

Please contact your state legislators and ask them to oppose SB 2113, to support SB 1887 and SB 535, and to support Sen. Vasconcellos' call for a statewide medical marijuana distribution summit. Remind them that more Californians voted for Prop. 215 than Bill Clinton.

Please write to your state Senator and Assemblymember. You can find out your Senator's phone number by calling (916) 445-4251, and your Assemblymember's phone number, by calling (916) 445-3614. You can look up your Senators' number directly at http://www.sen.ca.gov/www/leginfo/finger.html or view a list at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/sen-addresses.html on the California Senate web site. For the assembly, visit http://ais3.assembly.ca.gov/acs/acsframeset9.htm to get their phone numbers or send them e-mail through http://ais3.assembly.ca.gov/acs/acsframeset7.htm on the California Assembly web site. Or, you can write to any legislator at the following addresses:

      Your Assemblymember
      State Capitol
      P.O Box 942849
      Sacramento, CA 94249-0001

Your Senator
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

In addition to contacting your own legislators, please also contact the members of the State Senate Public Safety Committee: Sen. John Vasconcellos, chair, Sen. Richard Rainey, Sen. Diane Watson (LA), Sen. Quentin Kopp (SF), Sen. John Burton (SF), Sen. Bruce MacPherson (Santa Cruz), Sen. Richard Polanco (LA), and Sen. Adam Schiff (Burbank).

RALLY & PROTEST, OPPOSING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT's LAWSUIT TO CLOSE DOWN SIX LEADING CALIFORNIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES. MARCH 24, 12:00-1:00 PM, FEDERAL BUILDING, 450 GOLDEN GATE AVE., SAN FRANCISCO. Tax deductible donations to provide legal defense, education and assistance for medical marijuana patients and caregivers can be made to NORML Foundation -- MMPCF, c/o California NORML, 2215-R Market St. #278, San Francisco, CA 94114.

For further information on all the above topics, contact Dale Gieringer, (415) 563-5858, canorml@igc.apc.org, http://www.norml.org/canorml/.

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