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Urgent -- Fight Crime Bill Provisions

The following is (urgent) information from NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws. NORML can be reached at:

TO: All marijuana legalization activists who are able to receive this e-mail

FROM: Rob Kampia, Chapter Coordinator, NORML

DATE: Tuesday, March 15

RE: There is only one week left to f ight the marijuana-related provisions of the Crime Bill!

It's time to call down the phone tree!

The Crime Bill is being "marked up" (discussed and modified) in the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The full House will vo te on a Crime Bill on or about Wednesday of next week. We have one week!

If the Crime Bill passes as it reads right now, marijuana legalization advocates will suffer a great setback, and marijuana consumers will suffer increased criminal penalties. Although the bill has more than 1,000 provisions that most free-thinking individuals would find offensive, the only thing to do now is support three very specif ic changes. It is useless at this point to simply say, "I oppose the Crime Bill."

Hence, NORML encourages you to do the following:

1. Obtain the phone number of the district off ice of your U.S. Representative.

2. Call his or her office and ask for the number of his or her off ice in Washington, D.C.

3. Before you hang up, say the following:

- "My name is ______, and I am a constituent. I understand the House will be voting on the Crime Bill soon. Please ask R epresentative _______ to oppose all "three strikes and you're out" provisions that includ e non-violent marijuana trafficking offenses."

- "Also, ask Representative ______ to support a provision to repeal all mandatory minimums for marijuana offenses, and to apply this retroactive ly to those already serving time."

- "Finally, please ask Representative ______ to oppose all amendments that would impose the death penalty for any crimes involving marijuana."

4. Call your Representative's office in Washington and reiterate the same three points.

5. If you are the coordinator for a NORML chapter, please call down your chapter list and give each chapter member both phone numbers for your Representative and the list of things to say. If you are not a chapter coordinator, please call 11 friends and ask them to call both numbers.

Note: If everyone who receives this fax is responsible for at least 12 x 2 = 24 phone calls to their U.S. Representative's offices, we can probably ameliorate some of the more draconian provisions of the Crime Bill. Please act now!

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