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Script for Calling the White House

This is adapted from the email I received from the DPA (using their talking points):

Hello. I am calling because I just read that the DEA made several raids recently on medical marijuana patients and providers in California. I’m calling to urge President Obama to put a stop to this.

I know that President Obama said last year that, as president, he wouldn’t waste law enforcement resources undermining state medical marijuana laws.

And yesterday, spokesman Nick Shapiro reaffirmed that the President’s views have not changed.

I would like President Obama to uphold his campaign promises and stop the raids on medical marijuana patients.

The direct number for the White House comment line is (202) 456-1111, but it is often engaged. To be put on hold, call the main line at (202) 456-1414 and ask to be transferred to the comment line. You will be on hold, but not for too long.

February 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Call the White House to Stop Medical Marijuana Raids

I don’t know about you, but I find the news that the administration is still raiding medicinal marijuana dispensaries disturbing. Especially since Obama promised on the campaign trail to stop using federal money to ‘punish’ citizens using medical marijuana under state law.

And especially since his spokesman reaffirmed that belief yesterday.

“The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind,” White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said.

This could be a turning point for medicinal marijuana… if we make sure it is. The following is an email that the Drug Policy Alliance sent a few days ago, and it includes steps for action.

Calling the White House can be fast and painless, as they show. And, in this case, it can make an impact on the federal level.

Note: The number listed in the email is the main number; when I called, they transferred me to the comment line, and the direct number is (202) 456 – 1111.

Dear (name),

Who’s really in charge here?

While on the campaign trail, President Obama promised to end medical marijuana raids in places like California where the right to use marijuana on a doctor’s recommendation is protected.

And now, the DEA has raided not one, but at least four medical marijuana dispensaries in California. Either those were hollow promises or President Obama’s Department of Justice is not respecting his stated positions.

Sick patients who use medical marijuana in states like California are in grave danger from these wasteful abuses of federal power. You can do something to help.

Last week, thousands of DPA Network supporters like you faxed the White House imploring President Obama to end these raids. He has yet to respond — so now is the time to take the next step.

By taking just a few moments to call the White House now and urge President Obama to honor his campaign promise to end these raids, you can protect sick and dying patients. There are detailed instructions on the website.

DPA Network is already working behind the scenes with our allies in Congress to pressure the new administration to stand up for justice. Together, we can ensure the safety of patients across the country, but only if you take action.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted as the situation continues to develop.

Sincerely,

Bill Piper
Director, Office of National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance Network

P.S. Did you miss my note last week regarding Obama and Medical Marijuana? It’s not too late to join the more then 3,100 people who’ve faxed the White House on this issue. You can also read the news about the most recent raid, and I’ve pasted below the phone number for the White House, but it’s most helpful for coordination efforts if you use the take action button above and log your call.

Who to Contact: The White House, at (202) 456 – 1414.

What to Say: “I just read that the DEA made several raids recently on medical marijuana patients and providers in California. I’m calling to urge President Obama to put a stop to this.”

Additional Talking Points (choose one):

  • “I’m mad that my tax dollars are being used to harass cancer and AIDS patients.”
  • “I know that President Obama said last year that if he was president he wouldn’t waste law enforcement resources undermining state medical marijuana laws. I really hope he puts a stop to these wasteful raids.”
  • “President Bush spent eight years undermining state medical marijuana laws. I hope President Obama doesn’t spend eight years doing the same.”
  • “I support medical marijuana and hope Obama does, too.”

February 6, 2009 at 11:46 am Leave a comment


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