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Support HR 2943: The Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults

 Dear Supporter of Marijuana Law Reform,

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The measure, HR 2943 (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h2943ih.txt.pdf), an "Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults," would eliminate federal penalties for the personal possession of up to 100 grams (three and one-half ounces) of cannabis and for the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce of pot - making the prosecutions of these offenses strictly a state matter.

Passage of this act would:

Give states the option to explore legal alternatives to tax and regulate the adult use and distribution of cannabis free from federal interference.
Provide state lawmakers the choice to maintain their current penalties for minor marijuana offenses/or eliminate them completely.

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Under federal law (http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?wtm_view=&Group_ID=4575), defendants found guilty of possessing small amounts of cannabis for their own personal use face up to one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

HR 2943 is now before both the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Please write your representative today and tell them to stop wasting federal resources targeting and prosecuting marijuana offenders. Click on the link below to send a letter to your congressman (pre-written also available): http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=13568661 (http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=13568661)

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NORML would like to thank Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, along with co-sponsors Ron Paul (R-TX); Maurice Hinchey (D-NY); Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), for reintroducing legislation to limit the federal government's authority to arrest and prosecute minor marijuana offenders.

With an average of 6000 new supporters joining the NORML cause per week, it is clear that this MOVEMENT has serious momentum.  It is time to energize, organize, and LEGALIZE! 

Tell Your Representative to Support H.R. 2943!

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