Medical Cannabis Community on Red Alert
July 01, 2011 | Steph Sherer
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Under the Obama Administration, Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a memo reinforcing the intent of the federal government to interfere with state medical cannabis laws, specifically the creation and licensing of dispensing centers. Compromising the legitimacy of dispensing centers will jeopardize access for patients in medical cannabis states across the country. The time has come for great action on our part to show the federal government that our state's right to medical cannabis will not be trumped.
Our community is on red alert. ASA suggests that everyone revisits their emergency response plans, and if you do not have one, now is the time. Sign up for ASA Raid Text Message Alerts by clicking here. If you are a medical cannabis related business, sign up your business for our Raid Response Program.
For more information, click here to view our press release, and click here to read ASA’s Blog reaction.
Americans for Safe Access will be holding a conference call on Tuesday, July 5 2011 at 5:30pPST/8:30pEST-6:30pPST/9:30pEST to discuss our course of action to respond to this event. To dial in on Tuesday, call 832 431 3335 and enter participant code 1618568.
In the meantime, it is very important to build support from our political leaders, and question the Obama Administration for their actions.
If you live in a medical cannabis state, take one minute to call your state's governor using the following script. To find your governor's phone number, click here.
I am outraged at the Obama Administration's continual disregard for our state's medical cannabis laws. We need your leadership to come out against the Obama Administration's actions, and support the rights of medical cannabis patients!
Thank you. President Obama--
I am outraged with your Administration's recent Department of Justice Memo from Deputy Attorney General Cole. You made promises to protect our community, and they have been broken. Denying patients the right to access medication through dispensing centers is an attack on the patient community. Issue a policy that allows states to implement their laws, and protect patients rights to safe access!
If you have not done so already, sign ASA's Petition to Obama to end federal interference with state law by clicking here.
We look forward to talking to you on Tuesday, July 5 about our next steps.
Everyone across the country should take minute to call Obama's reelection campaign using the following script. His campaign hotline is 312-698-3670. The White House Comment line is 202-456-1111.