January 29, 2013
Representative Adam Schiff
2411 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4176
Facsimile: (202) 225-5828
Dear Congressmember Adam Schiff,
I write you to about ending cannabis prohibition. For too long prohibition has denied our business sector the opportunities that come with industrial hemp. For too long the ‘War On Drugs’ has incarcerated non-violent Americans solely for possession of ‘marihuana.’ For too long America has missed out on the revenue from sales of cannabis products, whether industrial, therapeutic or recreational. For too long the DEA has interfered with States that already have approved and supported medical cannabis laws on their books. It’s time for Congress to draft sensible national cannabis policies and stop punishing people over a plant.
I personally have a long history as a cannabis activist and have worked with numerous organizations throughout the country on this issue. Currently, I am the executive director of Patient Advocacy Network – a charitable 501(c)(3) organization providing education and training to medical cannabis patients and providers, and advocating for patients’ rights and protection. I have seen first hand the violence and destruction of the DEA’s ‘smash and grab’ tactics here in Los Angeles.
Please find enclosed a copy of a position paper published by Patient Advocacy Network regarding the issue of ‘rescheduling’ cannabis. This brief paper explores the Controlled Substances Act highlighting that many of the penalties for cannabis offences under Schedules II – V are more severe than under Schedule I. However, there are many options for regulating cannabis other than the CSA.
I thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to working with you and your staff on this issue until cannabis is safe and legal and all the prisoners of compassion and conscience are free.
CC: President Barack Obama, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Diane Feinstein
Enclosure: Position Paper (12 pages)
Removing Cannabis From The Controlled Substances Act Why Rescheduling Marihuana Will Not End The State-Federal Conflict Over Medical Cannabis