On Wednesday, March 6, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime will hold a hearing to investigate the "adequacy" of existing federal penalties for marijuana-related offenses.
On November 1, 1995, the penalties for certain federal marijuana cultivation offenses were reduced as a result of an amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines which was approved by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Although Congress had the authority to prevent this amendment from taking effect, Congress did not block the amendment.
However, U.S. Rep. Jim Bunn (R-OR) introduced a bill which would repeal the U.S. Sentencing Commission's amendment. This bill (H.R. 2507) has attracted 23 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.
H.R. 2507, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank's medicinal marijuana bill (H.R. 2618), and marijuana-related mandatory minimums will be discussed at Wednesday's hearing.
Please call or fax your US representative today to voice your opposition to increasing of drug sentences, and your support for lowering of drug sentences. You can reach your rep's office (or find out who your rep is) from the Congressional Switchboard, (202) 224-3121.
Calling your own rep is the most important thing, but if you are motivated to do more, then call or fax the 13 members of the subcommittee (all numbers are area code 202):
|Rep. Bill McCollum (R-FL)
Rep. Steven Schiff (R-NM)
Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN)
Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC)
Rep. Fred Heineman (R-NC)
Rep. Ed Bryant (R-TN)
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA)
Rep. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA)
Rep. Melvin Watt (D-NC)
For more information on these bills, contact the Marijuana Policy Project, (202) 462-5747, [email protected].
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