Take Action: Senate Sign-On Letter to DEA


Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 10:12:09 -0800
From: maplewoman@yahoo.com
To: opn@ohiopatient.net; ohiocommunity@yahoogroups.com
Subject: OPN: Take Action: Senate Sign-On Letter to DEA

Take Action: Senate Sign-On Letter to DEA

Fight the Government’s Gridlock, Demand Research Now!

http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=5366

The Problem:  The Federal government refuses to allow scientists to conduct medical cannabis research using non-governmental material (or cannabis), creating a gridlock on medical cannabis research.  At the same time, the FDA and DEA claim there is not enough research on the medicinal values of marijuana. This hypocrisy and gridlock must end now!
The Solution:  Congress must step in and force the DEA to end the gridlock and allow scientists to conduct the necessary research on medical cannabis. 
How to Make it Happen: We must urge our U.S. Senators to support research and end the gridlock!  In October 2007, Senators Kennedy and Kerry (D-MA) agreed to send a letter to DEA urging acceptance of DEA Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Mary Ellen Bittner’s February 2007 Opinion and Recommended Ruling in support of the UMass-Amherst Medical Marijuana Research Production Facility.  Senator Kennedy’s office will make the letter available to other senators who wish to offer their support for the Amherst project.
What You Can Do
1. Call your both of your U.S. Senators today! Ask for their co-signatures on the Kennedy/Kerry letter to Acting DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.
SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT
"Hello, my name is (YOUR NAME) and I live in (YOUR CITY and STATE). I am calling today to ask Senator (YOUR SENATOR’S LAST NAME) to co-sign the Kennedy/Kerry letter to Acting DEA Administrator, Michele Leonhart, urging her agency to follow the recommendation of Administrative Law Judge Mary Ellen Bittner and grant a license to Prof. Lyle Craker of UMass Amherst to grow marijuana exclusively for federally-approved research. To join the letter, contact Graham Shalgian in Senator Kennedy’s district office at 617 565-3170. Please let me know what you plan on doing. Thank you."
Don’t forget to leave your name and number!
For phone numbers of your senators go to: www.senate.gov or call the congressional switchboard at: (202) 224-3121
2. Join ASA’s Activists in a National Senate Demand Research Drop-in Day! February 12 and 13, 2008
What: Activists throughout the country are planning on dropping by both of their U.S. Senators’ district offices during Medical Marijuana Week on February 12th and 13th during business hours.  Schedule a meeting today with your U.S. Senators’ office for TBA.  If they cannot meet with you on February the 12th or 13th, organize a drop-in at your Senator’s local office for that day. Don’t know who your senators are and/or need the local office address? Go to www.senate.gov to find out!
When: During business hours on February 12th and 13th
What to Bring: Download the following materials to drop off at both of your senators’ district offices:
What to Ask:
Please support medical cannabis research by co-signing the Kennedy/Kerry letter to Acting DEA Administrator, Michele Leonhart, urging her agency to follow the recommendation of Administrative Law Judge Mary Ellen Bittner and grant a license to Prof. Lyle Craker of UMass Amherst to grow marijuana exclusively for federally-approved research. To join the letter, contact Graham Shalgian in Senator Kennedy’s office at 617 565-3170.  
Why: The only way we can win this campaign and end the research gridlock is with strength in numbers.  That means we need as many people as possible to contact their senators and call on them to support medical cannabis research.
Follow Up:  At your meeting or drop-in, be sure to schedule a follow up meeting to discuss other pressing national medical cannabis issues.  After you take action, be sure to contact Sonnet@AmericansforSafeAccess.org to let us know how it went!

Brandy Zink, LMT
Executive Director
Ohio Patient Action Network
President Ohio Patient Network

http://www.ohiopatient.net
http://www.ohiopatientaction.org

bzink@ohiopatient.net
888-647-2843


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