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Tell Congress: stop using taxpayer dollars to target and prosecute state-authorized medical marijuana patients and providers.

I'm writing to urge your support for a bipartisan budgetary amendment, to be introduced by Senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker, to bar the US Justice Department from interfering in activities that are compliant with state medical cannabis laws.

This amendment was recently passed by a majority of the House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 189.

This amendment seeks to restrict the Department of Justice from using taxpayer funds to interfere in state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs. At the same time, approval of this amendment will not inhibit the federal government from taking action against individuals or organizations involved in activities that are not explicitly allowed by state laws.

The use of marijuana as medicine is a public health issue; it should not be part of the war on drugs. Nearly half of all doctors with opinions support legalizing cannabis as a medicine, and over 80 state and national health care organizations -- including the American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, the American College of Physician, and The New England Journal of Medicine -- support granting qualified patients immediate legal access to medical cannabis.

To deny an effective medication to the sick and dying in order to "send a strong message to kids" against drug abuse is cruel and unconscionable, and improperly interferes with the relationship between a patient and his or her physician. State and federal laws already allow the medical use of many drugs, such as cocaine and morphine, which can be abused in a non-medical setting. Basic compassion and common sense demand that we allow the seriously ill to use whatever medication provides safe and effective relief. That is why 8 out of 10 American voters now say they support the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes.

Twenty-one states -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington -- as well as the District of Columbia have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution.

The citizens and representatives from these states, as well as from additional states that seek to regulate the controlled use of medicinal marijuana, should be allowed to act in a manner that is free from federal interference.

Once again, I urge you to support the bipartisan amendment to the Department of Justice budget.

Signed,

NORML

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Basic compassion and common sense demand that we allow the seriously ill to use whatever medication provides safe and effective relief.

In the coming days, members of the Senate are expected to...

Basic compassion and common sense demand that we allow the seriously ill to use whatever medication provides safe and effective relief.

In the coming days, members of the Senate are expected to debate and vote on budget appropriation legislation for the Department of Justice. Representatives Rohrabacher and Farr will be introducing an amendment to this measure to prevent any of the department's funding from being used to interfere with medical marijuana programs in states that have approved them.

Twenty-one states -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington -- as well as the District of Columbia have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. Yet in all of these states, patients and providers still face the risk of federal sanction -- even when their actions are fully compliant with state law. 

It is time that we allowed our unique federalist system to work the way it was intended. Patients, providers, and their state representatives should have the authority to enact laws permitting the medical use of cannabis -- free from federal interference. 

Please sign today and tell Congress to stop using taxpayer dollars to target and prosecute state-authorized medical marijuana patients and providers.

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