|U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi|
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San Francisco Medical Cannabis Patients Petition Congressional Representative Nancy Pelosi
Advocates Deliver Thousands Of Signatures To San Francisco Federal Building At 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Urging The Halt Of Federal Crackdown
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 1, 2012. The Patient Advocacy Committee of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force has gathered thousands of signatures from San Francisco voters urging Congressional Representative Nancy Pelosi help end the federal assault on medical cannabis cooperatives. Patient advocates will deliver several thousand signatures to the Congressional Representative’s office at the San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in response to the recent closures of regulated medical cannabis collectives and the five additional collectives slated to close their doors mid-May due to federal action.
“Thousand of Pelosi’s constituents are being affected by this federal attack including our veterans and HIV/AIDS patients and many others. She has the authority to help stop this assault on the patients and the will of the voters and these signatures are urging her to do so,” states Shona Gochenaur, member of the Patient Advocacy Committee of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force, a committee largely made up of low-income and disabled medical cannabis patients.
San Francisco Board of Supervisor David Campos has voiced concern for the civil rights and safety of the city’s disabled patients. “San Francisco has a regulatory system with neighborhood input and government oversight. It is misguided and wrong that US Attorney Melinda Haag would choose to target a well-implemented system and force disabled patients into a criminal arena for legal medicine.”
The San Francisco Health Department, which oversees the city’s medical cannabis program, is on public record stating that “no complaints” have been filed from the host neighborhoods of established and city permitted medical cannabis collectives. However, US Attorney Melinda Haag continues to seek closures of collectives based on “neighborhood complaints.”
“I’ve worked hard to improve our neighborhood,” states Cathy Smith, founder of Hope.Net, a city permitted medical cannabis collective whose landlord is threatened with asset forfeiture by US Attorneys. “I don’t want to be punished for making it safe for children to walk down our streets.”
A recently passed San Francisco Democratic Party resolution, spearheaded by Gabriel Haaland, protects medical cannabis patients by calling on ALL Democratic leadership, including President Obama, Representative Pelosi, and Attorney General Eric Holder to protect safe access and not circumvent California State law with the US Department of Justice resources. http://www.scribd.com/doc/91783023/Resolution-of-the-San-Francisco-Democratic-Party
The Harvey Milk LBGT Democratic Club also voted unanimously to co-sponsor the patient advocates’ petition to Representative Pelosi. “The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club calls on representative Pelosi and all elected officials to protect our medical cannabis clubs and ensure access to medical cannabis for marginalized, low income patients and demand a stop to the harassment by federal agents,” states Glenn Hyde, President of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club.
Patient Advocacy Network supports the petition states Degé Coutee, president of the charitable civil rights education and medical cannabis patient advocacy organization based in Los Angeles. “If US Attorneys aren’t stopped IN San Francisco, they aren’t going to stop WITH San Francisco. Representative Pelosi is in such a strong position to help alter the direction of this issue locally and nationally.”
Sponsors: The Patient Advocacy Committee of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force and The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
Co-sponsors: Axis of Love SF, Patient Advocacy Network
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