VT: NORML Call for Help
Posted 18 May 2004 - 11:15 AM
I am writing to urge you to contact your State Representative today and
ask them to support the medical use of marijuana.
As we told you last week, an amended -- more restrictive -- version of S.
76 is scheduled to be voted on shortly by the full House. However, just
yesterday, the Vermont Senate amended a health-related House bill (H. 752)
to include language legalizing the medical use of marijuana. The Senate
approve the bill, which must now be voted on once again by the House.
Please note, the language included by the Senate in H. 752 is LESS
RESTRICTIVE than that of S. 76, which unduly restricts the types of
patients who may qualify to use medicinal marijuana, and limits the number
of plants one may legally cultivate to one mature and two immature. As
such, we encourage you to call and e-mail your Representative today, and
urge them to approve H. 752.
Tell them that you support the language contained in H. 752 legalizing the
use of medicinal marijuana to qualified patients. You may contact your
sate Representative by calling the Vermont State House switchboard
operator at 800-322-5616 or 802-828-2228 between 8:00 am and 5 pm. Please
do so today so that we may assure that seriously ill Vermonters are
properly protected under the law.
The debate in the House on S. 76 has already begun, so your help is needed
urgently. These things move quicly, and we will keep you up to date on
the latest developments.
To support NORML's state legislative efforts, please visit:
Senior Policy Analyst
PS: If you wish to e-mail your Representative, please cut and paste the
following message: "I urge you to support H. 752, which would enact
legislation protecting medical marijuana patients from state arrest and
prosecution, just as they are protected in nine other states, including
neighboring Maine. We already allow the medical use of many drugs, such as
cocaine and morphine, which can be abused in a non-medical setting. Basic
compassion and common sense demand that we allow the seriously ill to use
whatever safe medication is most effective."
To find out who your State Representative's e-mail address, please visit:
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Posted 22 May 2004 - 10:52 AM
There is another thing people have hardly thought about. Even if you get a "ticket" from the goverment to use this stuff for medicine, you could still lose your job or not get hired becouse of a drug test. One thing at a time, I know, but most companies are very anal about it, no exceptions.
Posted 23 May 2004 - 08:13 PM
I am writing today with great news from Vermont. Senate Bill 76, which
enacts legal protections for people using marijuana to treat AIDS, cancer
or multiple sclerosis, passed that Senate yesterday by a vote of 20-7.
(See article below.) Governor James Douglas, despite his previous
opposition, has promised to allow it to become law without his signature.
Vermont now becomes the tenth state to legalize marijuana for medical use,
and only the second to do so through the legislative process. Vermont
joins Maine as the only medical marijuana states on the East Coast.
This victory in Vermont should help pave the way for other state
legislatures to pass medical marijuana bills without fear of political
repercussions. Similar bills are currently pending in nearby Rhode Island
and New York, and the adoption of medical marijuana in Vermont could
provide these legislators the encouragement they need to move forward with
their efforts. Further, medical marijuana bills were narrowly defeated
earlier this year in Illinois and Connecticut. NORML expects these bills
will be reintroduced next year and the passage of S. 76 in Vermont should
reinvigorate reform efforts in those states as well.
While S. 76 passed in an amended form, it nonetheless is a huge victory
for qualified patients in Vermont who no longer have to fear arrest and
prosecution simply for using the medicine that best serves their needs.
NORML has spent the past two years working behind the scenes with
legislators in Vermont in order to make this day a reality. We would like
to thank everyone who worked diligently to assure this bill's passage,
particularly Vermont NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project.
Most importantly, NORML would like to extend a huge "thank you" to the
hundreds of NORML supporters who took the time to write their state
legislators in Vermont in support of medical marijuana. This legislation
undoubtedly would not have passed were it not for the thousands of letters
of support that state legislators received from concerned citizens.
Because of your help and support, hundreds of seriously ill patients no
longer have to use their medicine in fear.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make medical marijuana a reality in
Vermont. We plan to make sure that this victory in Vermont is a starting
point for more states to pass medical marijuana bills in the near future,
but we will need your help. To support NORML's state legislative efforts,
please donate today at:
Once again, thank you for your support of NORML's efforts to legalize the
medicinal use of marijuana for seriously ill patients. With your help we
will see to it that every medical marijuana patient in America has safe
and legal access to the medicine they need.
Kreith Stroup, Esq.
MEDICAL POT OK'D; SESSION ENDING TODAY
by Darren M. Allen, (Source:Rutland Herald)
19 May 2004
MONTPELIER - A measure legalizing the use and possession of marijuana by
people suffering from AIDS, cancer or multiple sclerosis crossed its final
legislative hurdle Wednesday, paving the way for it to become law without
the signature of Gov. James Douglas.
Senators, voting 20-7 in favor of the heavily lobbied bill, made Vermont's
Legislature only the second in the country - Hawaii is the other - to
legalize the use of medical marijuana.
The bill was sent to the governor, who confirmed that he would decline to
sign it, meaning the measure automatically becomes law in five days.
Vermont will become the ninth state with such a law on the books. In
seven of those states voters, not legislators, approved the medical
"I will not oppose this decision of the elected representatives of the
people, nor will I support it by signing it into law," Douglas said in a
statement. "I cannot actively support a measure that allows Vermonters to
be subject to prosecution under federal law, increases the availability of
a controlled substance and sends a dangerous message to our children."
According to administration officials, the White House lobbied Douglas to
veto the bill.
Indeed, President Bush's deputy drug czar came to Vermont last month in a
daylong lobbying blitz, and, in the last several days, a Bush
administration official placed a phone call to Douglas urging his
rejection of the bill.
The new law is actually a much narrower package than that passed earlier
this year by the Senate. And while the governor was poised to veto that
measure, he was said to be cognizant of the political popularity of making
marijuana available to terminally ill people.
"I believe that we owe Vermonters with debilitating medical conditions the
very best that medical science has to offer," Douglas said.
"Proven science has not demonstrated that marijuana is part of that," he
said. "Despite that fact, marijuana offers those with the most painful
chronic diseases a measure of hope in a time of suffering."
The measure's supporters included the leader of Vermont's Catholics, who
yesterday praised the governor for allowing it to become law.
"I believe this bill is a very encouraging indication that our legislature
and our governor are seriously concerned about improving end-of-life care
in Vermont," said Bishop Kenneth Angell of the Burlington Diocese. "I
know this was a hard decision for Gov. Douglas."
Under the new law, people will be allowed to grow up to three marijuana
plants in a locked room and possess 2 ounces of "usable pot."
Users will be under the supervision of the Department of Public Safety.</font>