Media Awareness Project

Major Media Ignores - National Protest Against DEA



DrugSense FOCUS Alert #245 9 Jun, 2002

Thursday, June 6th was a nation-wide day of action to push back DEA attempts to re-criminalize medical cannabis. On or after June 6th, 2002 the DEA will attempt to shut down dispensaries now legally providing medical cannabis to patients in western states. Protests were held in 60 cities, and there were arrests in both Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.

The Media Awareness Project of DrugSense joined California NORML, Cannabis Action Network, Common Sense Drug Policy, Drug Policy Alliance, Drug Policy Forum of Texas, Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform and other organizations in supporting this direct action called by Americans for Safe Access

Despite efforts of local protest organizers and the protest being covered by two wire service stories, newspapers carried only 17 items (list of links below) directly related to the action as newshawked to MAP or Americans for Safe Access. No major newspapers, with the exception of the Washington Times and Washington Post provided coverage on this important national event!

Please write Letters to the Editor to tell your local, state, and particularly major national newspapers that medical marijuana and these protests are important news to you and that this type of event should be covered. Even if your letter is not published, newspaper editors and publishers need to know what you, their readers, think is important!

By using this webpage and the 'List by Area' dropdown you can select newspapers in your state, click on the word 'Contact" and obtain the email address or webform for sending Letters to the Editor to your newspaper.

Reports of where local actions were held, and many result reports, are on the Americans for Safe Access website that may allow you to add some local protest information to your letter. Other resources with superb information about medical cannabis include: - facts referencing respected sources. presents the conflicting views and opinions of different sides of the medical marijuana debate. 66 separate public opinion studies, plus this: An estimated nine million people in the United States use cannabis medicinally and over the last ten years, nearly one-quarter of a million people in the United States have been arrested on medical-marijuana-related offenses.

Thanks for your effort and support.


It's not what others do it's what YOU do


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SAMPLE LETTER that was sent to USA Today

Dear Editor,

Reading today's USA Today I thought I would find articles about yesterday's medical marijuana protests in over 50 cities throughout the US? I find your paper to be one of the better in existence but do not understand why there is no mention about this important event.

As you must well know, the DEA will close/are closing medical cannabis clubs in California in defiance of the will of the California voter and possibly 80% of the American voter. When polled, the American people are clearly behind marijuana for the sick, and to a slightly lesser degree, the American people want some sense to our War On Drugs and a re-evaluation of our government's war on marijuana as started by and with no revisions since the Nixon era.

The time is long overdue to bring science and sanity together on this issue. The current government scheme to combine drugs and terrorism and place the American recreational and medical drug user at the forefront of our recent terrorist woes is unconscionable.

I hope you will continue to service the American people by your good work in the media and not forget the heart of our domestic problems - the failed War On Drugs. Patients and their caregivers are now subject to arrest and imprisonment. If this is not front-page news I don't know what is.


Peter Christopher

IMPORTANT Always include your address and telephone number

Please note. If you choose to use this letter as a model please modify it at least somewhat so that the paper does not receive numerous copies of the same letter and so that the original author receives credit for his/her work.

ADDITIONAL INFO to help you in your letter writing efforts

Writer's Resources

Extra Credit. Please consider writing to some or all of the newspapers that did publish something. Just click on the URL to see the article - and the contact for your letter.

CA: OPED: Medical Marijuana Feds Should Stop Their Attack URL

CA: Protesters Ask DEA to Change Drug Law URL

WI: Rally Backs Medical Marijuana URL

DC: PUB LTE: Medicinal Marijuana Is Up In Smoke URL

US: OPED Why I Am Willing to Go to Jail For Medical Marijuana URL

CA: 200 Join Santa Rosa Protest of Federal Pot Laws URL

CA: Medicinal Marijuana Advocates Prepare For 'Day of Direct Action' URL

CA: Protesters Target DEA Offices Over Medical Pot URL

CA: Medical-Pot Backers Protest To Feds URL

DC: 10 Arrested In Protest Against DEA URL

DC: Hill Protests Target Marijuana, Oil Policies URL

AZ: OPED: Stop The War On Medical Marijuana URL

CA: Medical Marijuana Activists Plan Massive Protest URL

CA: OPED: Stop The Federal War On Medical Marijuana URL

AZ: OPED: We Must Stop The War On Medical Marijuana URL

TX: Making Case For Marijuana URL

CA: Inland Rallies For Medical Pot OK

Prepared by Richard Lake Focus Alert Specialist

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