Monday, August 4, 2008

The Marijuana Policy Project (permalinked on Blog List)

Found this link from one of my buddies today...thought I'd share it with you, dear readers.

The Marijuana Policy Project is an initiative sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank, and deals with the removal of criminal penalties for possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana and the not-for-profit transfer of one ounce (28.3 grams) of marijuana. Please use the form at this link to contact your member of Congress and ask him or her to support this legislation.

Below is a copy of the stock letter provided, with some additional information added by yours truly:

I am writing you today to ask that you cosponsor H.R. 5843, the Act to Remove Federal Penalties for the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults. This legislation, introduced by Congressman Barney Frank, seeks to remove federal criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

America is experiencing unprecedented overcrowding in our criminal justice system. We are incarcerating more people today than we ever have in the past. A large number of these inmates are non-violent drug offenders. It's time we made room for real criminals, rather than incarcerating people for minor marijuana offenses. It's shameful that people are actually serving more time in jail for the non-violent, and harmless crime of indulging in marijuana usage, rather than murder, rape, or some other offense that infringes on someone else's rights.

Additionally, prosecuting marijuana related offenses costs the American taxpayers billions of dollars every year. Despite this, marijuana is still easily available to adults and minors. Through a controlled system of taxing and regulating marijuana, we can take money out of the pockets of drug dealers and keep marijuana away from kids.

Shouldn't we focus our country's resources on important priorities instead of continuing a wasteful war on marijuana...especially since it's actually a beneficial plant that assists the human body in rejecting virii and infections?

Marijuana should be removed as a Class 1 Narcotic.

I urge you to cosponsor and support H.R. 5843. I will be immensely grateful.

There is no logical reason why marijuana usage should be criminalized. There are those who have done dumb things while indulging in its usage, but those events are few and far between; conversely, people are dropping like flies in regards to irresponsible pharmaceutical usage, but apparently, because PROFIT is involved, they're not seen as a scourge on humanity.

Here is a case of someone surviving terminal cancer by advent of hemp it for yourself.

Here's another page where you can research the Rick Simpson story.

So...I urge you to at least visit the site - pause and consider whether you want to be on the right side of change.

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