Archive for March 4, 2009

Rockefeller Drug Laws Dealt a Blow

Today, the New York State Assembly approved a bill that represents an important step towards eventual repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. According to the New York Times, the bill ‘restore[s] judges’ discretion in many lower-level drug-possession crimes that are felonies by eliminating laws that require a prosecutor’s consent before judges can send certain felons to drug treatment instead of prison.’

While a complete overhaul of the Rockefeller laws still requires more work, this is an important step. New York Governor Paterson has already committed himself to overturning the laws.

To get involved in reform of these laws, sign the Drop the Rock petition. You can also print out copies of the petition for others to sign as well.

This reform has received praise from many organizations. In the words of gabriel sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance, ‘The general theme is [that] states are making greater efforts to divert people into treatment programs, and they’re starting to use prison not as a first resort but a secondary or last resort’.

March 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm Leave a comment

Illinois House Committee Approves Medicinal Marijuana Bill

Today, the House Human Services Committee in Illinois approved House Bill 2514, a bill that would legalize medicinal marjuana in Illinois.

The bill still has to be approved by both the House and the Senate before it even reaches Governor Quinn’s desk; however, this is the first of several important steps to enacting medicinal marijuana in Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), who sponsored the legislation, said he wants to create a three-year test program allowing anyone with a “debilitating medical condition” to have seven dried cannabis plants and two ounces of dried usable cannabis to relieve the pain and nausea associated with conditions like cancer, HIV or Crohn’s disease. 

Help make Illinois the 14th state to enact medicinal marijuana legislation. Contact your state representative and tell him/her the following (by phone or letter):

 

Dear ________ (name of state representative),

I am calling to voice my support for House Bill 2514, and I hope that Representative______________ respects patients’ rights to well-being by supporting this measure. Cannabis has many documented medicinal properties, and people should have the option of this form of treatment for their ailments if they need it. I would like to see Illinois to become the 14th state to recognize that medicinal marijuana patients have the right to beneficial, prescribed medication, and I hope that Representative _________ supports this bill as well.

March 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm Leave a comment


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