Support Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Bills
Please write, fax or call your state legislators in support of the following
two bills, currently in the Healthcare Committee:
H2170 -- creates a medical necessity defense to protect medical users of
marijuana from arrest and prosecution; and
H2736 -- allows the Department of Health to expand the list of conditions
for which medical marijuana use is permitted under state law (extension
of legislation passed in 1991).
Public Hearings are taking place 11:00 AM, Tuesday April 11 (tomorrow)
in room A-2 of the State House, downtown Boston
Write your Representative and Senator at:
The State House Boston,
Letters and calls are particularly needed from constituents of the legislators
on the Healthcare Committee, listed below:
Rep. Valerie Barson 722-2396
Rep. Carmen D. Buell 722-2130
Rep. Barbara C. Hyland 722-2130
Rep. Frank M. Hynes 722-2210
Rep. Patricia D. Jehlen 722-2400
Rep. John C. Klimm 722-2575
Rep. Dennis M. Murphy 722-2130
Rep. John A. Stefanini 722-2575
Rep. Paul Ianuccillo 722-2575
Rep. James Vali 722-2575
Rep. Jay R. Kaufman 722-2575
Rep. Harriette L. Chandler 722-2575
Sen. Cheryl A. Jacques 722-1555
Sen. Daniel P. Leahy 722-1630
Sen. Michael W. Morrissey 722-1494
Therese Murray 722-1330 Plymouth/Bourne/E-W Bridgewater/Pembroke/Sandwich/Wareham/Whitman
Sen. Marc R. Pacheco 722-1551
Sen. Robert L. Hedlund 722-1646
You should know that:
* 44% of cancer chemotherapy doctors responding to a Harvard survey recommend
cannabis to alleviate nausea associated with treatment -- and a majority
prefer smoked cannabis over synthetic THC in pill form.
* Cannabis is the therapeutic aid of choice for alleviating the muscle
spasms which afflict paraplegics, quadriplegics and people suffering with
* Cannabis has proved effective in fighting the "wasting" symptoms
of patients with AIDS and severe internal scleroderma, allowing them to
retain nutrition and build up their strength to fight their diseases.
* 34 other states have passed medical marijuana laws, usually by overwhelming
margins (unanimous in six states).
* 79.5% of the voters of San Francisco adopted a similar measure as a ballot
initiative in 1991.
* 82% of Parade readers and 96% of Globe readers favored legalizing medical
cannabis in 1994 polls.
* The Merck Manual, the world's largest selling medical text says that:
"Chronic administration of cannabis produces no physical dependence
and no evidence of social of psychic dysfunction."
* The chief administrative law judge of the DEA ruled "Marijuana,
in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances
known to man" and "the overwhelming preponderance of the evidence"
established that it has a "currently accepted med ical us in treatment
in the US."
Medical cannabis legislation for Massachusetts has been endorsed by:
* Governor Bill Weld (Boston Globe, 10/17/91) and Lt. Governor Paul Cellucci
(1986 Senate vote)
* Department of Public Health Commissioner David Mulligan (1994 Harvard
Law School presentation)
* The Boston Globe (7/29/91 and 9/17/94)
* The Cambridge Chronicle (10/3/91)
* The Springfield Valley Advocate (9/12/91)
* WCVB-TV Channel 5 (4/7/80 and 10/16/91)
* The Tab newspapers in Ashland, Brookline, Cambridge, Dover, Framingham,
Holliston, Natick, Sherborn, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston (10/15/91)
* The Cambridge City Council on a Home Rule petition with a 7-1 vote (10/28/91)
* Scores of doctors and over 12,000 other citizens who signed petitions
in a 6-week door-to-door campaign.
Join the movement towards compassion for people with life-threatening and
painfully disabling illness. Stop the prosecutions of men and women who
are bed-ridden or in wheelchairs. Their only crime is trying to save their
For more information, including complete medical and criminal justice data.
Massachusetts Coalition for Medicinal Cannabis,
Foundation for Drug Policy Awareness / Drug Reform Coordination Network
P.O. Box 381813, Cambridge, MA 02238-1813 (617) 648-2655 / (617) 646-2713
(fax) / email: [email protected]
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