The following information was submitted by California NORML ([email protected], 415-563-5858, meetings held in San Francisco first Friday of very month):
"SMOKE A JOINT, LOSE YOUR LICENSE" ??
Say NO to Gov. Wilson's Ripoff - Stop A.B. 79x / S.B. 2006
Gov. Pete Wilson is asking the California legislature to pass a "Smoke
a Joint, Lose Your License " law, requiring a mandatory six- month
driver's license suspension for ALL drug offenses, regardless of whether
they are driving-related - including personal possession of pot in your
home, purse or pocket. Federal law requires the state to either pass OR
reject a "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License" law or else lose
$50 million in federal highway funds. Two years ago, the legislature voted
unanimously to opt out of RSmoke a Joint,S but Gov. Wilson vetoed the bill.
"Smoke a Joint Lose Your License" is an attack on CaliforniaUs successful marijuana decriminalization law, which has saved taxpayers $100 million per year in unnecessary enforcement costs. "Smoke a Joint" would undo these benefits by clogging our courts with minor offenders seeking to save their licenses. "Smoke a Joint" would send the wrong message by punishing harmless, off- the-road drug use more harshly than speeding, reckless driving, or driving with open liquor bottles. 28 states have voted to opt out of "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License.
" NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK UP.
The Assembly is considering a "Smoke a Joint" bill, AB 79x, which was passed by the Transportation Committee and is now headed for the Ways and Means Committee. In the State Senate, the Judiciary Committee has blocked a "Smoke a Joint" bill, SB 2006, but is expected to reconsider the issue this session.
WRITE OR PHONE
the legislature now: Tell them to oppose "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License" (SB 2006/AB 79x) and pass an "opt-out" resolution instead.
WHO TO CONTACT:
Your Assemblymember and State Senator:
State Capitol, Sacramento CA 95814
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (S.F.); Assemblyman John Vasconcellos (San Jose),
Chairman, Ways and Means Committee (916) 445-4253;
Sen. David Roberti* (Van Nuys), Chairman, State Senate Judiciary Committee (916) 445-5957/(818) 901-5588;
Senate President Pro Tem Bill Lockyer* (Hayward) (510) 582-8800.
Key legislators - Senate: Art Torres (San Gabriel) (213) 620- 2529 Charles Calderon (Whittier-Norwalk) (213) 724-6175 Diane Watson (Venice) (213) 295-6655 - Assembly: Juanita McDonald (Carson) (310) 518-3324 Valerie Brown (Santa Rosa) (707) 546- 4500 Deidre Alpert (San Diego) (619) 234-7878 Robert Campbell (Martinez) (510) 372-7990 Jim Costa (Fresno) (209) 264-3078 Martha Escutia (Huntington Park) (213) 582-7774 Bob Epple (Long Beach) (310) 984-0779 Barbara Friedman (Sherman Oaks) (818) 783-1976 Tom Hannigan (Fairfield) (707) 429-7383 Jack OUConnell (Santa Barbara) (805) 966-2296 Andrea Seastrand (San Luis Obsipo) (805) 549-3381 Richard Polanco (L.A.) (213) 255-7111 Charles Quackenbush (Campbell) (408)369-8170 Tom Umberg (Garden Grove) (714) 971-1757
* THANKS for opposing RSmoke a Joint, Lose Your LicenseS to:
Sen. Roberti, Sen. Lockyer, Sen. Milton Marks (S.F.), Sen. Nick Petris (Oakland);
Assemblyman Dan Hauser (Arcata); Assemblywoman Barbara Lee (Oakland).
NO THANKS TO:
Gov. Pete Wilson:
State Capitol, Sacramento CA 95814
- FAX (916) 445:4633;
Sen. Tim Leslie (Roseville - sponsor of SB 2006)
Ass. Robert Frazee (Carlsbad - sponsor of AB 79x)
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