For thousands of years, marijuana has reduced symptoms for the seriously ill effectively, and has helped improve their quality of life. Dozens of medical and health organizations endorse or allow patients access to medical marijuana with their physicians’ approval. Marijuana has been used therapeutically to control pain, alleviate nausea and vomiting in cancer patients due to chemotherapy, treat wasting due to HIV/AIDS, combat muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and more.
To date, 12 states have passed medical marijuana laws. While the laws differ from state to state, they all work to protect patients and caregivers from criminal charges associated with their medicine.
The bipartisan Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill would stop the U.S. Department of Justice from spending taxpayer money to arrest or prosecute legitimate patients -- and their caregivers -- in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Seriously ill patients have the right to effective therapies. To deny patients access to such a therapy is to deny them dignity and respect as persons.
Urge Congress to pass the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment and allow health care patients the medicine they need!
Allow Health Care Patients Access to Therapy - Not Time Behind Bars
Dear Representative [Last Name],
Please vote for the Hinchey medical marijuana amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill when it comes to the House floor for a vote.
The Hinchey amendment would prohibit the Justice Department -- including the DEA -- from spending funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.
Your support for this amendment would be consistent with the views of most Americans. Seventy eight percent of Americans support "making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering." (Gallup poll, 2005)
Since 1996, 12 states have enacted laws to protect patients afflicted with HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other serious diseases from arrest and prison. In fact, just last month the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LL, America’s second largest cancer charity and the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services, endorsed medical marijuana access. In their June 2007 statement, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “strongly urge[s] that in a state where patients are permitted to use marijuana medicinally for serious and/or chronic illnesses and a patient's physician has recommended its use in accordance with that state's law and that state’s medical practice standards, the patient should not be subject to federal criminal penalties for such medical use.”
The American Nurses Association has consistently supported protections for patients who use marijuana for medical purposes under their physicians’ supervision. They are joined by many other health care organizations, as well as thousands of doctors and health care professionals who are on record as supporting medical marijuana and opposing the arrest of patients who use medical marijuana.
[Your Comments Here]
I urge you to support the Hinchey amendment. Your vote of support will benefit tens of thousands of patients, and I will be immensely grateful. Thank you.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Medical marijuana crusader Steve Kubby was arrested Thursday night at San Francisco Airport after spending years as a fugitive in Canada.
Kubby was arrested on a no-bail warrant and booked into San Mateo County jail, San Francisco police said.
Kubby's supporters and family were on hand as he boarded the flight escorted by his American lawyer, who worried he could die without access to pot in jail.
"The officials in Canada might be sending him back to a death sentence," said Bill McPike
CALIFORNIA NORML RELEASE - JAN 26, 10:30 PM PST KUBBY SERIOUSLY ILL IN SAN MATEO JAIL - PLACER COUNTY RESPONSIBLE Steve Kubby was arrested by a dozen police immediately upon landing at the San Francisco airport and has been whisked off to the Redwood City jail. A welcoming party of supporters and media were disappointed to discover that he had been spirited away out of sight through a back entrance. "I'm really sick already," Kubby said from jail two hours afterwards, "I'm gonna start puking my brains out." He says his guards laughed at him when he requested Marinol. Kubby says he hasn't had marijuana for half a day and has begun to experience all of the symptoms of his life-threatening disease - nausea, headaches, swollen kidneys. He has chills and has not been able to get a blanket from the guards."They don't understand that they're dealing with someone with cancer," he says. Kubby is upset that he was arrested immediately off the plane, when he had offered to turn himself in voluntarily in Placer County on Tuesday. San Francisco airport police said that they had arrested him at the request of Placer County authorities. They said Kubby will be arraigned in court tomorrow morning, though it wasn't clear where - in Redwood City, where he is being detained, or in Placer County. California NORML is calling on Placer County authorities to desist its inhumane persecution of Steve Kubby. - D. Gieringer, Cal NORML
Below is a form letter you can send, email, or fax to the Placer County D.A. if you want to help!!! Or you can write your own letter...
Placer County District Attorney Office
Bradford R. Fenocchio D.A.
(530) 889-7129 fax
To District Attorney Bradford R. Fenocchio
I ____________ , am writing to express my concern and outrage due to the arrest, detention, and inhumane treatment of Steve Kubby.
I/we urge you to take immediate action to ensure Steve Kubby, who is being unjustly imprisoned in the Placer County Jail, to be released without further delay.
I/we would also urge you to insure Steve Kubby's physical integrity.
Steve Kubby is unjustly being held and is likely to die due to your detaining him and not allowing him the natural medicine he needs to live. If Steve Kubby dies while in custody; his death will be on your hands and on the hands of The United States Government for inprisoning yet another non violent medical marijuana patient.
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