DRCNet Activist Guide 9/94

Federal Legistlation

See Medical Marijuana and Forfeiture Action for the most pressing federal issues to drug law reformers.
Other current legislation:

H.R. 4400:
Introduced by Rep. William Clay (D-MO), would prevent the use of paid, confidential informants by the U.S. Postal Service in certain narcotics investigations and provide for an Inspector General over the Postal Service. Prompted by an incident in which 19 postal service employees were falsely accused of drug dealing. This bill passed the House on June 27 and is currently in the Post Office & Civil Service Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

H.R. 4230:
Introduced by Rep. William Richardson (D-NM), would amend the American Indian Religious Freedom Act to allow religious use of peyote by Native Americans. Passed the House on August 8, and is currently in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Please write your two senators and ask them to sponsor or co-sponsor companion legislation to these two bills.

How to Reach Your Congressman/Senators:

The Honorable {your congressman}
House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable {your senator}
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

If you don't know who your congressman is, you can find out by calling the Congressional Switchboard, at (202) 224-3121.

Supporters of Sen. Jesse Helms have set up a toll-free number to help homophobes call Congress to support Helms's recent spate of anti-gay amendments. This number, however, simply connects to the congressional switchboard and from there to any member of Congress. Use (800) 768-2221 while it lasts to lobby for drug policy reform at Jesse Helms's expense!

DRCNet recommends contacting the Clinton administration and Congress to show support for the Surgeon General and her position on legalization. Please write or call:

President William J. Clinton
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 456-1111

Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 690-6467

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