Pubdate: Mon, 09 Jun 2003
Source: Macon Telegraph (GA)
Copyright: 2003 The Macon Telegraph Publishing Company
Author: Buster Jones


On June 4, medical marijuana supporters had reason to cheer when a
federal judge essentially acquitted Ed Rosenthal, a medical marijuana
grower, by sentencing him to one day in prison. But the battle is far
from over.

Medical marijuana patients still face the threat of arrest by federal
agents every day. In response to the federal government's continuing
assault on medical marijuana patients and providers, we have
introduced a new medical marijuana bill (H.R. 1717) that would end the
federal government's gag on medical marijuana defendants in court.

H.R.1717 is known as the Truth in Trials Act. We believe that it is
the best hope for reform in Congress and has a realistic chance of
being broadly supported across party lines. We cannot just sit back
passively as the federal government wages war on the sick and the
dying. It is time to increase the pressure on your representatives in
Congress to pass legislation that will protect patients who
legitimately require medical marijuana. Please write your congressman
in support of H.R. 1717.


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