May 21, 2008
Ms. Sheree Krider
Louisville, KY 40261-0006
Dear Ms. Krider,
Thank you for writing to share your views on the
decriminalization of marijuana. I appreciate the benefit of your views on this
Marijuana is more pervasive in our community than we
would like to admit, and while there have been numerous strategies and campaigns
to curb marijuana use among children, the problem still remains. Congress has
employed public ad campaigns, harsher penalties for abusers and distributors,
and increased border security to keep drugs from being illegally
There is legislation pending in Congress to decriminalize
marijuana. H.R. 5843, an Act to Remove Federal Penalties for the Personal Use of
Marijuana by Responsible Adults, would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana
(less than 100 grams) and ensure fines are limited to under $100. The bill is
currently pending in the Judiciary Committee. Although I do not serve on this
Committee, you can be assured that I will keep your views in mind and closely
follow its progress.
Knowing of your interest in this issue, you may be
interested to know that twelve states have adopted laws to allow the use of
marijuana to relieve the intense pain that accompanies many debilitating
diseases, including AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma. An amendment
was introduced last year to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill
that would simply permit these twelve states to give relief to people suffering
from diseases. Like you, I believe individuals and their doctors should
decide what is best for their patients, not federal bureaucrats. While I voted
in favor of this amendment to protect medical privacy and the doctor-patient
relationship, it unfortunately failed by a vote of 262-165.
Thank you for
taking the time to write on this important subject and please stay in touch in
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