California Senator Mark Leno (D-SF) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 14 today in support of ASA’s National Policy Agenda. If adopted, this resolution will be a major milestone in the effort to change federal medical cannabis laws. This statement comes at a strategic moment. President Barack Obama, his administration, and leaders in Congress are trying to define the new American policy on medical cannabis right now. SJR 14 is a chance for California lawmakers to influence how that new policy will look.
SJR 14 calls on the President and US Congress to (1) end federal raids, intimidation, and interference with state medical marijuana laws, (2) adopt policies and laws to encourage advanced clinical research trials into the therapeutic use of marijuana, (3) allow an Affirmative Defense to medical marijuana charges in federal court, and (4) develop a comprehensive federal medical marijuana policy that ensures safe and legal access for patients.
ASA members and supporters in California must let their representatives in Sacramento know we want them to adopt SJR 14 and send a message to Washington, DC. This is a great opportunity to rally our growing grassroots base and make a difference nationwide.
ASA has built an effective grassroots base to support our state and federal campaigns. This year, we will coordinate the efforts of almost 40,000 members in sixty chapters and affiliates to put a voice behind our campaign to change federal policy. ASA’s grassroots project plans for 2009 and 2010 will be defined by geographically targeted organizing and sustained national and regional coordination. SJR 14 is an important part of that strategy.
The United States is poised for a fundamental overhaul on medical cannabis policy. Powerful political allies, with whom ASA spent years cultivating relationships, have moved to positions in the legislative and executive branches with the authority to make the decisions on which the success of ASA’s long-term strategic goals depend. ASA’s legislative strategy is diverse and multi-faceted, with success on any one of our goals likely to have profound, domino-like policy implications.
Thank you in advance for helping us adopt SJR 14!