What's the Cost?

June 13, 2013 | Steph Sherer

Did you know that the Department of Justice has already spent nearly a half a billion dollars fighting medical cannabis? Did you know that the Obama Administration spent over half of that money on medical cannabis investigations, paramilitary-style raids, prosecutions, incarceration, and civil asset forfeiture lawsuits? Most Americans do not know these things, but what is worse is that most Members of Congress don't know that either. Can you help Americans for Safe Access (ASA) let them know?

Make a donation of $50 or more to help ASA send copies of our groundbreaking new report "What is the Cost" to every Member of Congress, and we will send you your own copies to give to your Representatives in July.

56 full-color pages filled with facts about the economic and human cost of the federal attack on medical cannabis comprise this timely report. The economic arguments are persuasive, but the report also highlights the human cost of federal enforcement. "What is the Cost" contains moving profiles of the victims of federal enforcement – those who have died for lack of safe access to medicine and those who are in federal prison right now. The report ends with politically-viable solutions to end the federal attack on medical cannabis that Congress could adopt this year.


ASA is calling on members to help get the report printed and distributed right now. Your Members of Congress will be home for the summer recess in July. Will you take your copy of the report to a meeting at their District offices then? Use ASA's Online Action Center to request a meeting right now. We need for Members of Congress to see the human faces impacted by this issue and to know there is a safe political space to stand for reform right now. You can help make that happen today.

Make a donation to help get the ball rolling today, and then send an email  asking to meet your Representatives in Congress or staff in July. ASA will help you get ready for the meeting, too! We can make this happen if you act now. Donate online now or send a check or money order for $50 or more to Americans for Safe Access, 1806 Vernon St. NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20009.

Thank you for helping!


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