Pubdate: Thu, 19 Sep 2002
Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA)
Copyright: 2002 San Jose Mercury News
Author: Adam Eidinger


THE sanctioned distribution of medical marijuana to seriously ill people by 
the Santa Cruz City Council (Page 1A, Sept. 18) was the most inspiring act 
of direct action by elected officials I have seen in a long time.

While patients across the nation are preparing for more Drug Enforcement 
Agency raids on cannabis cooperatives by moving operations underground (or 
out in the open as in Santa Cruz), thousands of people are expected to 
travel to Sacramento this Monday to protest the federal sentencing of Bryan 
Epis. He is the first person to be convicted by federal authorities for 
operating the Chico Medical Marijuana Caregivers. At his trial, the jury 
was instructed to disregard testimony regarding compliance with California 
law or his own medical necessity. He is expected to receive a mandatory 
minimum sentence of 10 years.

This witch hunt of the sick and their caregivers is immoral and is the 
result of a drug war run amok. Now is the time for people to stand up and 
fight back.

Adam Eidinger

Americans for Safe Access

Washington, D.C.
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