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Washington, DC Action Opportunities THIS WEEK

This bulletin contains information on two events taking place in Washington, DC this Wednesday, May 7.

At 10:00am, the Judiciary Committee of the DC City Council is holding a public hearing on Bill 12-12, the "Distribution of Marijuana Amendment Act of 1997." If enacted, this bill will increase the penalty for marijuana distribution and cultivation -- including the cultivation of just one marijuana plant -- to a mandatory minimum of one year in prison. The city is broke, and this bill will divert scarce resources that could be better used for other things. Attendees will receive a free "No on Bill 12-12" button, courtesy of the Marijuana Policy Project <http://www.mpp.org>. The hearing will be held at 1350 Pennsylvania, Ave. NW, John A. Wilson Bldg., Room 500.

(DC residents can also help by contacting their Councilmembers in opposition to Bill 12-12. You can find out contact information for your Councilmember from the council information number, (202) 724-8000.)

On Wednesday evening from 5-7, you can attend the "Parents in Prison, Children in Crisis" Rally on the steps of the US Capitol, sponsored by Families Against Mandatory Minimums <http://www.famm.org>. The rally will be held on the Eastern Steps of the US Capitol, facing the Supreme Court, and will include various children's activities, including a craft table, free Ben and Jerry's ice cream, stories, and a clown. The closest Metro station is Capitol South. Please call FAMM right away at (202) 822-6700 if you plan to attend, and let them know if you will be bringing children. Please remember that this rally is only about sentencing, and does not involve other drug policy issues.

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