"...this extraordinarily popular substance"
Characterization of cannabis by the conservative USSC majority in the 2005 medical marijuana case: Gonzalez V. Raich
Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the powerful U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and a sympathetic ear to pot reform issues, is planning hearings soon to consider the federal response to the democratic majority votes for legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington states. We can end the war on pot if we engage Sen. Leahy and the Congress NOW on this issue. The war against pot begins and ends in the U.S. Congress.
The time to act is now.
If Leahy is your senator PLEASE consider writing to him and asking that the Congress remove cannabis from Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act, (deleting all references to marijuana in Title 21 of the US Code, Section 841), and instead include it in subtitle E of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages and tobacco. This would allow the states to regulate cannabis as they see is best in their communities. This simple change will allow the other forty-eight states to regulate marijuana as they see fit.
If Leahy is not your senator you can still write to your senators and representatives and ask them to forward to Leahy your wish that Congress remove pot from Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act, (deleting all references to marijuana in Title 21 of the US Code, Section 841), and instead include it in subtitle E of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages and tobacco. You might also express your wishes that your U.S. senators and Representatives join you in your advocacy on this issue to Sen. Leahy.
U.S. House of Representatives contact page
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The most effective way to contact your representatives in Congress, aside from direct physical contact, is to FAX them. Emails just go into a computer. Snail mail sits in security containers for months. FAX gets directly into their offices the second that you send it.
THEY WILL NOT HEAR IT!
State government legislative actions that you can support:
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Pennsylvanians: State Sen. Daylin Leach of Montco needs senators across the state to co-sponsor his marijuana legalization legislation. Please contact your PA state senator and ask them to consider co-sponsoring Sen. Leach's marijuana legalization bill.
Thousands of Americans are imprisoned every year because the U.S. government says that cannabis has no redeeming value. Medical or otherwise. And yet this same government holds patents on medicinal applications for marijuana.
United States Patent 6,630,507 Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants October 7, 2003
Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia.
Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)
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